Renovating your home and making it nicer than ever is always a great idea, no matter how old you are and how much experience in home renovation you have. It's a way to make your living space cozier and more comfortable, as well as introduce changes that will make your everyday life easier and more relaxed. And while doing this in your twenties is much easier than your fifties, nobody can tell you that you can't make your home elder-friendly and more practical. So, if you too are a senior who wants to make changes to their living space, here are some of the best age-friendly renovations you should look into.
A more practical bathroom
Covered in tiles and marble, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous and impractical areas of any home, especially for the elders, which is why you need to make it more accessible and less frightening. Insisting on a curbless shower, for instance, is a great idea that has a number of benefits, from functionality and practicality to easy access and simple maintenance. However, don't forget to make your shower large enough in order not to feel claustrophobic, and be sure to add some slip-resistant floor tiles that will keep you safe and sound even if your balance is a bit off. These things don't sound like a big deal at first, but the truth is they could easily save your life and make it much easier.
Lots of countertop space
Seniors spend a great deal of their time in the kitchen, preparing tasty meals for their family and friends, as well as enjoying the company of their loved ones, which is why their kitchen needs to be large enough to accommodate all these people at the same time, giving each of them enough maneuvering space. So, if you're thinking about remodelling your kitchen, try to make it as big as possible, installing a proper kitchen island in the middle and adding lots of countertop space. An elderly person is going to need more countertop space in order to feel safer when preparing meals and tasting them, so don't forget to do that.
Your own private relaxation zone
Renovating your home is all about practicality, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do something good for yourself as well, making some of your wishes finally come true. Having a spot of your own and your personal relaxation zone is one of those things, so be sure to include this into the design as well. This space doesn't have to be too big or expensive, and adding just a few simple things to your bedroom will be enough, so get yourself one of those relaxing chairs, get some amazing candle supplies that will make this space more enjoyable, and put on some relaxing music that will help you take your mind off things and forget all about your daily struggles. Having your own private space will help you feel better every day of the week, so it's definitely an idea worth exploring.
Again, slippery floors are the worst thing that could happen to an elderly person, which is why updating them is the way to go. If they're uneven, faulty or too old, think about installing new floors and thus introducing a huge change into your home and your life. Some of the most popular ideas seniors usually prefer include carpeting, vinyl, and hardwood floors, because these are easy to install and maintain, and they give them more balance and support while walking. Ceramic tiles, natural stone, and area rugs should be avoided, though, since they're unsafe, impractical, and lead to slips and falls, and seniors shouldn't put their lives in jeopardy that way.
Introducing age-friendly changes into your home isn't just a great way to update your living space and make it nicer and visually more appealing than it's ever been, but this also introduces a dose of safety into it as well. This is something all people should insist on, especially seniors, so all you need to do is explore some of these ideas, find out which suggestions appeal to you the most, and then find a way to incorporate them into your own living space as soon as possible.
About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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