Must-Have Design Modifications for Aging Homeowners

As you start to age, chores around your home become less and less about maintenance and more about accessibility. If you’ve decided you want to grow old in your home, there are a few design modifications you should make.

Accessible Entryways

As you get older, even if you’re still able to be mobile on your own, your body may not be able to comfortably handle stoop stairs. Having an accessibility ramp leading up to your door will make traveling in and out of your home easier for you and your guests.

Bathroom Safety Handles

The older you get, the more at risk you typically are for slipping, falling, and injuring yourself in your bathroom. Installing balance handles around your toilet and in your shower, or getting a shower you can sit in, can greatly reduce your risk of injury.

Single-Story Living

Stairs are rarely a friend to aging homeowners. While we don’t expect you to knock the second story off your home, try to change up the layout of your home so everything you really need on on the first floor. This way, you don’t potentially fall or irritate your joints climbing stairs.

Lower Outlets and Switches

When you have arthritis, something as simple as raising your hand to turn on a light switch can be painful. Have an electrician lower your outlets and light switches to about four feet from the ground so you don’t have to stretch to turn things on and off.

Gutter Guards

Just because you age, it doesn’t mean you should neglect home maintenance jobs. Since it would be extremely dangerous to climb a ladder and clean your gutters on your own, install gutter protectors to keep your gutters clean so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them ever again.

The professionals at Keystone Gutter Helmet know how important gutter guards are for protecting your home and can expertly install them for you at an affordable cost. For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.