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If you're working to design your next home and you plan to age in place, include the right accommodations. Here are four steps you need to take to plan a home that will allow you to age in place, safely and comfortably.
Consider Bedroom Placement
Now that you're designing your new home, think about the bedroom placement. Climbing the stairs to a second-story bedroom might not be a problem right now, but things may change. This is especially true where mobility is concerned. As you age, you may not be able to navigate the stairs as well, which may limit you to the ground level of your home. To accommodate the changes to your mobility, design your new home with a lower level bedroom.
Incorporate Hands-Free Options
If you're like most people, you'll spend a lot of time in your bathroom and kitchen. Make sure that the fixtures you choose are designed to make the transition as you age in place. Ordinary kitchen and bathroom fixtures are troublesome for people who suffer from arthritis. Overcome the physical changes that can occur as you age. Incorporate hands-free fixtures in your new home. Hands-free faucets and automatic flush toilets work are an excellent option when you design your home for aging in place.
Choose the Right Flooring
If you haven't thought about the flooring you'll put in your new home, now's the time to do that. Many people choose to put carpeting in their new homes. But carpeting might not be the best option for aging in place. First, torn carpet increases the risk of trip and fall accidents. Second, wheelchairs and other mobility devices can have difficulty moving over carpeted surfaces. Reduce your risk of trip and fall accidents and provide a smooth surface by choosing tile or laminate flooring for your new home.
Redesign Your Cabinet Space
Finally, if you want your new home to provide an easy transition for you to age in place, redesign your cabinet space. This is especially important where your under-counter space is concerned. Don't include standard cabinets under your kitchen counters. Choose drawers instead. Drawers will allow you to access your pots and pans with ease.
Make the most of your new home design. Use the tips provided here to design a home that incorporates the features you'll need as you age in place. Contact a local company that offers custom home builder services today.