Are you familiar with the term aging in place?
It’s a relatively new term you're likely to hear a lot more of considering the youngest Baby Boomers turned 50 in 2014. Boomers will be thinking about where they'd like to spend the next half of their lives.
According to a survey conducted by the AARP, the majority (57%) of people 50 plus plan to stay in their current homes as they grow older. It’s important to start adapting your home before you actually need to.
Sometimes when I describe my services, people ask me to explain what aging in place means.
It’s exactly like it sounds; staying in your home as you grow older. In interior design terms, it means my job it is to remove any barriers to your daily activities, comfort, and safety. I do just that in an informed and stylish way that reflects you now and into your future.
I like to think of it as making your home,
YOUR ALWAYS HOME SWEET HOME.
Arthritis is common for a lot of us as we age. It can be painful and almost impossible to grip a knob. Fix this everyday annoyance by replacing door knobs and faucets with lever handles. There is no loss of style required either.
Similar to levers you can change little kitchen knobs to pulls. It’s so much easier to slip your hand under a drawer pull.
There are two options, you can install an entirely new duel showerhead that includes a hand shower. Or you can install a shower diverter to redirect the water out of a hand shower anywhere you want. This little change will make bathing while standing or sitting on a bench a lot more convenient.
If you have stairs, this is my number one safety tip. Some of the worst falls happen on the stairs in the dark. Stair lights are great for people of all ages. Choose lights with sensors, so they will turn on automatically whenever you get close to your stairs.