Rebecka Snell, 65, said she knew that if she and her husband, Vic Rabson, continued to live in their ranch home in their 1960 s in Lakewood, Colorado, improvements must be made in order to create a safer and more enjoyable space.
Moving the washer and dryer from the strike basement to the main floor is high on her wish list.
"It's not just up and down the stairs;
"It carries a laundry basket up and down the stairs," Snell said . ".
She consulted Barbara Barton of Littleton, Colorado, who is a kitchen and bathroom designer and has been certified and has developed a plan to provide the right comfort space.
To accommodate Snell, "We have stacked washers and dryers hidden behind the cabinet doors on the main floor," Barton said . ".
"Then we knew we needed to add better railings to the stairs leading to the basement.
There is only one rail line for the family room and we added a second one.
"For many seniors, there is no place like their own home.
The problem is that housing in most countries is not designed to accommodate the physical and cognitive challenges posed by aging.
Steep stairs, narrow corridors and other structural obstacles can make the old man feel like an indoor obstacle.
Some generic design modifications can greatly help residents of all ages to live safely and comfortably at home.
Here are some ideas for improving your family that may make you comfortable staying at home instead of having to move to other places as you get older: investing in smart-
Technology is a game-
Erik Listou said, changing the way you stay independent at home and in touch with others
Founder of Denver
Headquartered in the in-situ living Institute, the Institute provides training in family accessibility and safety for professionals in the field of housing and medical care.
Sensors can virtually monitor you and your home for greater comfort, safety, and energy efficiency.
When you're walking around the house, these devices can report your daily life to an administrator or a loved one. Voice-
Controlled personal assistant equipment enables you to turn on or off household items such as electric lights, televisions, or thermostats.
Also, you can control the connection by pressing the button
The home system around the house includes sprinklers, windows and locks. Fall-
The National Institute for Ageing reported that 6 of every 10 falls occurred at home.
With some modifications, you can increase your safety and comfort.
First, install the handrails on both sides of the stairs to prevent sharp tumbling, ensuring that the handrails extend to the top and bottom of the stairs.
Modifying the front entry so that the surface from the outside to the inside is horizontal, will reduce the risk of falling and make the transition from the outside to the inside easier.
"If the house has a front step, add handrails on both sides," said Listou . " Ideally, he points out, you will reconfigure the entrance to a sloping walkway, not a step.
The door protruding from the main entrance can protect you from bad weather and reduce the risk of slipping.
Eliminate the danger of slipping and tripping indoors by removing floor mats and throwing carpets.
Choose non-slip floor covering-
The wheelchair or walker is durable and durable, enabling a smooth transition to adjacent rooms.
Install a stair lift or lift if budget allows.
Widening the doorway is problematic for people of all ages, but especially for people with limited mobility.
Make your doorway at least 36 inch wide instead of the standard 30 inch.
If residents or visitors carry groceries or use walkers or wheelchairs, it's the perfect size to easily browse the home, says Listou.
In order to make the door easy to use and safe, replace the door handle with Lever
Type handle with end return.
These help to prevent the clothes from hanging on the knob or the handle and prevent the hand from sliding down from the end of the normal door lever handle.
Create an accessible bathroom consider replacing your bathtub with walking
Instead of a shower with steps-over threshold.
A sturdy grip lever is installed at the shower entrance, inside the shower and in the toilet to provide stability and support.
The higher toilet helps to sit and rise.
A bidet or bidet can significantly improve hygiene.
The main bathroom of Snell has a Jacuzzi, occupying the third part of the room.
"I don't want to have a bathtub in the bathroom because I 've never used it," she said . ".
"I want to use this space to do something that is important to me.
I can't get out if I can get into the tub.
"The bathroom was remodeled very extensively, including widening the door, adding luxurious vinyl tiles, softer feet and walking distance
Curbless shower in the bathtub and two armrests bar.
Shower wall ready for future folding
The seat, toilet paper rack is integrated with a grab rod.
It can even make the crowded dressing room more accessible.
The doors can be converted into sliding doors, and the base sink takes up less floor space than the bulky vanity.
Another option is to squeeze out space from an adjacent closet to expand the size of the bathroom.
Modifying the kitchen amenities at the counter height, such as the introduction of shelves and microwave ovens, can help you maintain the independence of the kitchen.
Ideally, you can have open space under the sink to provide wheelchair accessible facilities.
The electric stove with a control device in front will eliminate the need to pass through the hot burner.
In order to avoid bending, increase the working space of the seat for preparing food.
The kitchen after Snell's transformation is equipped with an induction cooker, which is safe and fire-free.
The control panel is operated by the touch of the finger.
The pull-out drawer is accessible and the dishwasher is 6 inch metres from the floor for easy access and reduced bending.
To prevent tilt, two ovens separated from the cooking range are raised.
In the center of the kitchen, you can easily go to the island to prepare meals.
"It's amazing that remodeling is seamless," says Snell . ".
"Everything looks natural now.
I don't have these features elsewhere when I leave the house, and I really appreciate what I have.
I feel comfortable because I am unlikely to hurt myself.
"Aging in the right place some houses may not be designed to be practical or cost-effective --
Effective for aging.
For example, the former residence of Denver resident Larry Armstrongstorey, turn-of-
The Victorian century is not a good candidate for revision.
"It has high ceilings and winding stairs," said Armstrong, 71 . " Armstrong is a certified professional who works with retractors and designers.
"It will be very difficult to adapt to the local life.
I 've even considered the possibility of putting the elevator in, but it could compromise the integrity of the family's core.
You walked in and suddenly, an elevator was held out in the middle of the house.
Instead of renovating, Armstrong and his wife came up with Plan B and moved to a thirdbedroom, ranch-style bungalow.
There's a zero at home.
But more modifications are needed, especially in the main and guest bathrooms.
They also need to make some adjustments.
"Living comfortably and living in the same place is not a real age problem," Armstrong said . ".
"It was for the young mother, her arm was loaded with groceries, pushing the stroller, and the guy blew his knee when he came back from skiing and recovering.
It's for each of us.
Wherever we are, we want to live comfortably.