Make Your House a Home for a Lifetime
By Alison Winters, Holladay Brothers Construction, Colorado Springs LIVING WELL Magazine
If you are like the majority of Americans, you would prefer to remain in your home throughout your maturing years. Few people want to consider aging in an assisted living facility at the cost of thousands of dollars per month. Not to mention the fact, well, it’s just not home. But what if you could remain at home – aging in place?
The term “aging in place” refers to typical home modifications that aim to remove access barriers, improve mobility and, most importantly, prevent falls, the number one cause of trauma and hospitalization for Boomers and beyond. By adding elegant safety bars, a walk-in shower/ tub, or a laundry room on the main level, you can add years of functionality that will allow you to enjoy the comfort of your home for years to come.
In order to make your home safer, more functional and more enjoyable, modifications can be as simple as adding bathroom grab-bars, to moving a laundry room to the main level, all at a relatively low cost.
Consider the following options:
- No-threshold doors provide easy access from outside
- A level patio allows for hours of outdoor enjoyment
- Widening door and hallways accommodates wheelchairs/ power chairs
- Walk-in tubs, roll-in showers, chair-height toilets, and accessible vanity sinks ensure easy access for seated users
- Lever-type faucets and door handles offer ease of use
- Pull-up kitchen cabinets allow for easier access to items
- Appliances placed below cabinets require less bending
- Main floor laundry rooms eliminate stair climbing
- A stair lift facilitates easy access to upper and lower levels
The possibilities are endless!
A Certified Aging In Place (CAPS) professional can recommend improvements that are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, both now and in the future.
To find a CAPS contractor near you visit: www.nahb.org/designationsdirectory.
Call Holladay Brothers Construction, Inc. today for a free estimate, 719-596-7161.