Many of us have relatives who are getting older. Some of us are even getting older ourselves. Our homes should work for us for our entire lives. As we age, that may mean that remodeling projects are in order. Here are some ways that your Dover building contractor can help make your home safer and more functional for the senior members of your family:
Dover Bathroom Remodels
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house. Combine hard surfaces with water, and the potential for dangerous slips and falls goes way up. Your Dover building contractor can install grab bars and hand rails to make the bathroom safer. Another option is a comfort height toilet: your senior family members won’t have difficulty using the bathroom when the need for bending isn’t so great. Walk-in bathtubs are another popular option. Changing lighting fixture controls and plumbing fixture controls to universal design options mean that they can be operated by even the most aged fingers.
Dover Kitchen Remodels
Ways that your Dover building contractor can make your kitchen more senior-friendly include improving the lighting, changing faucet controls to easy to operate universal design models, and reconfiguring storage options so older family members can reach everything they need without stretching or climbing. Another area to discuss with your Dover building contractor is floor covering choices. Flooring choices that are slippery can be upgraded to safer, more secure options.
Dover Porches and Patios
You’re never too old to enjoy outdoor living! However, many porches and patios weren’t built with the needs of older family members in mind. Your Dover building contractor can help make your porches more senior friendly by making sure steps are wide and shallow, or installing ramps as needed for easy access. Strengthening handrails make keeping your balance easy. Shaded areas, such as a space under an awning or roof, are friendly to older people’s skin.