According to a survey published by AARP, 76% of adults aged 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, and 77% indicate they want to live in their communities, even if their own homes won’t meet their needs. Remodeling is an option to help seniors with “aging in place” and the team at Steller Construction has assisted homeowners with this process.
One of the biggest factors of a homeowner being able to stay in their home as they age, is access to a first floor bedroom and full bathroom. Converting an underutilized formal living room or dining room into a master suite is always an option. Constructing an addition to a home is also another possibility to create a first floor master suite with bathroom. Homeowners should also consider safety options in their bathrooms such as grab bars, zero entry showers (also known as curbless shower pans) and walk-in tubs. Having a large, curbless shower allows for easier access should the homeowner require assistance getting into the shower.
Our team has also installed more lighting to help those with diminished vision. Converting regular lighting to LED lights is a great way to keep maintenance on the home down and discourage the use of a ladder for those with mobility and balance limitations. Replacing carpet with hardwood floors also helps with ease of movement should a walker or wheelchair be required by the homeowner.