When asked where they’d like to live out their retirement years, the vast majority of seniors – over 95%! – all say the same thing: they want to live independently, in their own home. Yet many Dover seniors are forced to enter senior housing, assisted living, or a nursing home. Why does this happen? There are a number of factors involved, but one of the main ones is that a senior can not safely perform the tasks of daily living in their own home.
The tasks of daily living include using the bathroom, getting dressed, and feeding yourself. These are all essential tasks that you can’t opt out of. Aging can bring mobility, balance and vision challenges that make it difficult to do the tasks of daily living. Home design also has a role to play. Many of the homes in the Dover area were built decades ago, before we had a widespread understanding of how simple construction choices impact one’s ability to live independently on a long term basis.
Let’s start by looking at the bathroom. There are simple improvements that Dover home remodelers can make that will make it easier and safer for seniors to use the bathroom alone. This is important because the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house: it is the site of the most slips and falls. Installing grab bars, barrier-free or walk-in tubs, and improving the lighting all can reduce slips and falls. Flooring selection is also critically important.
The kitchen is another area where Dover home remodelers can make life much easier for seniors. Raising or lowering countertops to address balance and mobility issues makes meal preparation easier. Kitchen layouts can be reconfigured to minimize the amount of walking a senior has to do to get something to eat and to simplify cleanup. These changes can be made without impacting the aesthetic appeal or resale value of the home.