What Goes Into Designing an Age-Friendly Home?
Growing old is inevitable. It requires
you to plan ahead and get organised in order to efficiently and maturely
lead your life in a safe and secure manner. Whether for yourself or for
your loved ones, part of preparing for this includes choosing a home
that is suitable for growing old in.
The most logical thing to do would be to
buy a sprawling single-level home. Properties like these tend to be
already age-friendly and if they are not, it would be easy enough to
equip them and make them so. If for example you are unable to buy a
single level home, there are many ways to still make it age-friendly
when the need arises.
Age-friendly design involves the use of
comfortable features, assistive technology and supportive design as
these can promote ways to remain safely at home as you age. It is the
best way of designing a lifelong home that is accessible, beautiful as
well as functional. You will need to select helpful technology and
functional modifications so that you can spruce up your home.
An age-friendly evolving home can help
you to live your life in comfort and style. You need to organise your
home in such a way so that it can meet your needs for today as well as
Wide and Open Hallways
As we mentioned in the beginning, it would be great to buy property that is both sprawling and single-level.
Wide and open hallways make it easy for
navigation even if one should be in a wheelchair and unassisted.
Hallways should remain navigable without too much hassle or
Handrails and Stairs
Hallways should have handrails so the elderly can walk unassisted.
Should your house have different levels
and stairs are necessary, handrails on both sides ensure complete
safety. Adequate lighting both on top and bottom of the stairs will also
help prevent falls.
All rooms and hallways in the house must
have good lighting. Dark rooms and hallways can cause accidents, from
minor bumps to maybe, even scary falls.
Floors and Rugs
Age-friendly design of your home should
also stress on the importance of having friendly floors since slippery
surfaces can be very dangerous. Floors should remain slip-resistant,
which can be done by avoiding the use of area rugs. If you must, add
non-skid mats under the area rugs.
If the elderly member of your family uses
walkers then the best option for you is low pile carpeting as it will
minimise the chances of walker getting caught on the carpet resulting in
Apart from having adequate lighting in
the home it is also very important to have bench, table and other
surfaces near the entryways for putting things down. Carrying a lot of
things often cause people to lose their balance when entering or exiting
Also take note of even small details such
as doorknobs. They should be easy on the hands since turning a doorknob
can be painful and quite a chore for someone with arthritis or any
other health conditions. Hence it is very important to opt for lever
style hardware or illuminated rocker switches for making the life of the
elderly people easier and convenient.
Are you concerned for your safety and
comfort when you grow old? Or perhaps, the safety and comfort of your
aging parents. If so, what age-friendly changes are you looking to make
in your home?