We have discussed the term “age in place” before on our blog, and with good reason: as we age and our ability level declines, it is important that the place we call home evolves with us and stays a place that we can easily access and move around in. Safety, too, becomes a concern, and is an important element of the age-in-place design process. But when should you undertake such a project?
Age in Place Questions to Ask
As age-in-place remodelers in North Georgia, we get asked a lot of questions about this type of design. Also known as universal design, age in place is a process that is fraught with myths and misnomers. As with any home project, you should always consult with a professional before beginning any work.
The first question you should ask yourself when considering age in place renovations is whether or not your home, in its current state, is somewhere that you can grow old. Is it able to accommodate you in the event that you have a debilitating stroke or slip and break a hip? If you have a two story home or staircase, do you have a bathroom and bedroom or living area downstairs that you could move into?
Another thing to take into consideration is who will be taking care of you in the event of a catastrophe or medical emergency. If you require a family member or full-time live-in healthcare aide, do you have a spare bedroom for them to stay? If not, adding a simple addition could give you the extra space you would need, while expanding the size of your home at the same time.
A third question we like homeowners to ask if they are considering age in place remodeling is whether or not their home is safe in its current design. A lot of injuries happen in a house, and many of them are preventable. Adding grab bars in the bathroom and in places that may be a slip hazard, for example, can prevent a slip and fall accident. These simple additions are cost effective and can save you a lot of heartache in the future.
Age in Place Consulting in North Georgia
If you have questions about age in place or universal design and live in the North Georgia area, give Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling a call and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have!