Home improvement is not just the title of a hit show from the 1990s. In fact, there are many reasons why people face home improvement issues in their homes. Families are trying to determine how they can make improvements to their homes to accommodate elderly parents or disabled adults. The U.S. government says about 20 percent of the population is either elderly or disabled. If you’re living with someone who needs additional help to get around, here are some mobility solutions you could try.
Home Modification for Elderly and Disabled
If you are looking at home remodeling for disabled or elderly family members, there are lots of options to consider. First, you will need to think about the home’s entrances and exits. These points of entry and exit are difficult for seniors or disabled adults. For example, does the doorway accommodate a walker or a wheelchair? Are there stairs to consider? There are options you can try to make parts of the home safer and more accessible for people with mobility issues. In addition to widening doorways, installing ramps could help facilitate entry into a house. You can also improve the railings on both the stairs and ramps to make them safer.
Speaking of stairs, a home remodel might need to look at the number of stairs inside the house. Are they narrow? Do they have railings? How many levels in the house have stairs? If necessary, a home remodel might include installing wider stairs, a stair lift, or an elevator to help with mobility. All these improvements will make it easier and safer for an adult to move around inside the home.
Bathroom Modifications for Disabled
If you need bathroom mobility solutions, there are plenty to help both elderly and disabled family members. The bathroom is frequently the room in the house that needs the most remodeling to help people with disabilities. There are lots of ways you can modify a bathroom. It may be as simple as widening the bathroom doorways. However, other modifications might be necessary. You can install grab bars by the toilet, the bathtub, and the shower. Grab bars make it easier to get on and off the toilet. They can also make it easier to get in and out of the bathtub. Showers are another place where people with mobility issues might fall or slip. Grab bars are available for showers as well. More extensive home improvement remodeling might be necessary but remodeling often means adults can stay in their homes.
How to Consider Remodeling Solutions
Are you thinking about remodeling your home to make the home safer and easier to get around in? If yes, you have a lot of options. Here are some suggestions. First, you need to consider what your loved one’s level of disability is. You also need to consider whether his or her level of disability will increase in the years to come. If so, you will need to plan for that decline in mobility as part of the aging process. Second, you need to consider what areas of the home you will need to remodel. The remodeling of homes makes them safer and more accessible for your loved one. You will, then, need to pick someone to help you through the remodeling process. You want to choose a company that has experience with remodeling homes for the elderly or family members with disabilities.
If you are looking for a home improvement company to remodel your home or the home of your family member, we can help. We have decades of experience with mobility services and remodeling for adults with disabilities. Contact AIP Mobility Plus, in Chatham, N.J., in Morris County, at aipmobilityplus.com.