Design for aging-in-place and aging-in-place remodeling is a practical application of the principles of Universal Design.
In this section of our website, we link to posts devoted to the very important subject of aging in place as it relates.to home renovation and remodeling. This amounts to elderly proofing your home.
Thus far we have posted on:
- Aging in place home modifications general
- The safety and convenience of bathroom remodeling for the elderly
- Remodeling with visual impairment in mind
Why is aging in place important? We look at the aging-in-place statistics. And we remind ourselves that this is something that will likely affect all of us.
We explain why it is preferable for the elderly to be able to live independently at home, where they can thrive, rather than in an institution where they tend to deteriorate much faster.
We include a 130-point aging-in-place remodeling checklist. Here we cover aging-in-place home design with specific reference to accessibility generally, lighting requirements, electrical, plumbing, kitchen appliances, and much more.
We cover in some detail aging-in-place bathroom design and aging-in-place kitchen design.
Bathroom remodeling for aging in place
In a bathroom remodel for seniors we prioritize senior safety and senior convenience.
In this post, we cover a multitude of senior-friendly bathroom design specifics. These include the fundamentals of bathroom accessibility: shower, bathtub, and toilet safety; bidets; grab bars; wet rooms, and much more.
Remodeling for Visual Impairment
Here we point out that some degree of visual impairment will affect all of us eventually and that it is important to know how to prepare for it in a remodeling project. We distinguish visual impairment from total blindness.
We discuss the focus of remodeling for the visually impaired. In practice, this means that we consciously enhance the visual and tactile experience.
For the visual, we go into the use of lighting and colors.
For the tactile, we go into the conscious use of surface materials to help the visually impaired person navigate around the home. We also touch on the practical benefits of induction cooktops as helping both the visually impaired and the elderly.
A 21-point checklist is included to help with the entire process.