Posted by Peggy Farber on 4/26/2017

As we age, the majority of people would like to do so in their own home. With a bit of planning, the home can be modified so that we can age in place, making our homes work for us as infirmities limit mobility. Modifications for aging in place do not have to make the home appear “institutional”. No one wants his or her home to have the décor of a nursing home or hospital. Today’s advances in smart home technology and new innovative designs and products allow homeowners to have a stylish home that incorporates features that improve safety and comfort without sacrificing style. Stairways The most important safety addition to home stairways is the installation of motion detection lights that come on automatically. Falls are one of the biggest causes of disability and injury in the elderly. Falls can be avoided if all stairways including the entryway, interior stairways, basement steps, back porch, or patio are equipped with motion detection lights. Bathroom Modifications The bathroom is the room in the home that often requires the most modification to enable seniors to live independently. A fully fitted bathroom on the ground floor that provides easy access for persons with limited mobility is the best solution. If is not feasible to add a full bathroom downstairs, a downstairs toilet is essential. If you plan to remodel or refit your bathroom, make sure to include wide doorways that make the room accessible for persons in a wheelchair or walker. Make sure the bathroom is designed with enough room for a wheelchair to navigate safely. Install sturdy handrails adjacent to the tub, shower and toilet. If the walls are not strong enough to support the weight of a person, make sure to add reinforcement blocking. Make sure that the toilet is installed at a suitable height that accommodates easy and safe getting on or off the unit. If feasible, when remodeling include a low-level sink in the bathroom for accessibility when sitting down or in a wheelchair as well as a regular height basin so there is no need to stoop when standing. Let In Some Light If your home interior is dark and dreary, let in some light with the installation of skylights or new energy-saving windows. As we age, budgets are stretched with the high cost of living. Any remodeling or modifications to the home that save energy and save money help seniors moderate their expenses and afford to stay in the home. Ramps One of the most helpful remodeling or modification projects for the home is changing a challenging set of front or back porch steps into a spacious landing area and a ramp for wheelchair accessibility to the home. Before you start a major renovation of senior friendly home modifications, visit your medical supply store, local building supply store and home and garden shows for inspiration and ideas.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/14/2015

In order for your home to maintain value and to continually look in good condition, it is important that you maintain it on a regular basis. However, to ensure that you get the best quality maintenance, it is important that you find the right type of service to fix up homes. There is the choice of doing it yourself, but remember that while small jobs can be easy, when it comes to more complex maintenance work, you are better off using a professional service, because this in turn will ensure that you do get the right results once your home has been maintained. Maintaining a home can range from keeping the roof in good condition so that it does not leak during those rainy seasons, to replacing your windows so that you keep your home insulated from the heat and cold, which in turn can save you a lot of money on energy bills. Of course, there are also those intricate jobs such as plumbing, replacing the floor, and unblocking the drain. By finding a reputable service that can fix up homes, you can feel comfortable knowing that you can use them over the years, because as they begin to maintain one area of your home, there will always be something else that will pop up later down the road. Therefore, take your time to do a good amount of research on one of these services, which can easily be done by going on the Internet. The reason for this is because many of these maintenance services now have an online presence, so you will be able to get a good idea of exactly what they offer and get an idea of what they are charging for that service.