What is Aging-in-Place? Beck Builders: Options for Remodeling your Home
“Aging in place” refers to living where you have lived for years, typically not in a health care environment, using products, services, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as circumstances change. In other words, you continue to live in the home of your choice safely and independently as you get older. Examples of Aging-in-Place:
Entrances and Pathways
• Upgrading lighting that surround pathways and entrances for increased visibility.
• Leveling pathways and entrances to eliminate trip hazards.
• Handrails, ramps and porch lifts to increase safety and accessibility for
mobility devices such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs and scooters.
• Widening of doorways to allow for clear passage of mobility aides.
Stairwells and Living areas
• Lighting upgrades inside the home increase visibility of trip hazards.
• Handrails on both sides of the staircase and adding a “No-Skidding” floor surface to stair treads makes climbing stairs safer.
• Elevators or vertical platform lifts are installed between two levels
or multiple levels to achieve complete wheel friendly access for multi
Kitchens and Bathrooms
• Installation of full extension glides in existing lower cabinets
including under sinks and pantries will allow for easy access to pots,
pans, dishes, glasses etc. without the need of bending and crouching or
the dangerous use of step stools.
• Installation of shower rails, increases bathroom safety and ease of use.
• “No-skid” floor treatments reduce slip and fall hazards on wet floors.
• Barrier free showers provide independent access to showering for people of all abilities.