Individuals and families often have to make adjustments if they want a house suitable for aging in place. These adjustments will vary based on personal needs. Some homes will require a ramp or grab bars installed. Others need to undergo a larger renovation to expand doorways or redo the flooring.
Not all of these changes are DIY-friendly. You will need to seek out a home remodeling contractor who can help you get the job done. But not every remodeler understands the concept of aging in place construction or knows how to prepare a home for this transition. Contractors need to understand what products are available, and how to address solutions for limited mobility or other health conditions. They may want to partner with an occupational therapist to make an assessment and determine what sort of limitation the customer may have.
Fortunately, the industry has been changing with consumers’ needs and now many contractors are focusing on aging in place and other accessibility home modifications. These contractors are getting certifications such as Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS professionals) and marketing themselves to this specific demographic.
Use these tips to find the right contractor for the job and remodel your home for accessibility, safety and comfort.
Check The Qualifications of the Contractor
First and foremost, it’s important to check whether the contractor is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Training for this certification covers everything a contractor needs to know before they take on home modification jobs aimed at helping seniors age in place.
When you are talking to a potential contractor, ask if they are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists. If they aren’t certified, it’s time to look elsewhere.
What’s Their Experience?
An experienced contractor has already seen what can come up when making home improvements for aging in place. Ask contractors about projects similar to what you are proposing.
Reach out to their past clients for information on how the job went and whether they think the contractor was a good fit. If you are not getting a great feeling about the contractor, listen to your gut.
Ask About Universal Design Construction
How does a builder make a plan for aging-in-place seniors? One method is to consult the principles of Universal Design construction.
Universal Design construction creates spaces that everyone can live comfortably, regardless of ability or mobility. Contractors who use Universal Design will look at your current home and ask themselves, “Who can access these amenities? How can we make this more accessible for all while still maintaining beauty and efficiency?”
Talk to your contractors about their experience adhering to Universal Design principles.
Every room in your house may require different adjustments and renovations. When choosing a contractor, ask them about the following changes that can be made in the bathroom:
- Installing grab bars, rails, and no-slip flooring
- Exploring different accessible tub and shower options
- Changing the height of the toilet and sink
- Adding a bathroom to the first floor if one is not already present
- Widening doorways
- Replacing doors with drawers
- Lowering the height of appliances, cabinets, and countertops
- Installing no-slip flooring or more consistent flooring throughout kitchen and dining room area
- Adding lighting, heating, and cooling options at more accessible heights
Overall Home Remodeling Ideas
- Replacing handles and knobs
- Adding ramps or chair lifts
- Replacing flooring
- Installing home monitoring systems
Start Exploring Your Options for Remodeling Contractors
The safety of your loved ones is our top priority. Start planning and renovating today to ensure peace of mind and a happy home tomorrow. Reach out to an Aging in Place Specialist with Live in Place Designs to learn more.