Do you plan to stay in your home as you age? Then it’s important that you take care of certain updates now to ensure that you can continue living safely in your home for years to come. Here are some of the renovations and home improvements that can allow older homeowners to age-in-place.
If you live in a multi-level home, then you will eventually run into a mobility issue. Over time, you might find yourself struggling to make it up and down your stairs in a safe manner. Luckily, you do have some options when it comes to addressing this issue. If you have the budget for it, you can install a small elevator to take you from floor to floor. For a cheaper alternative, you can simply install a stair lift in your home. This is especially affordable and easy to install in homes that feature staircases with no curves or landings.
Curbless showers allow you to enter and exit without having to clear a large threshold. Additionally, curbless showers open up your floor space and allow for easier maneuvering within your bathroom. Another way to make your shower safer is by installing a bench and grab-bars. Sitting while showering will reduce the chances of you slipping and falling. Having grab bars will help you stand and will offer the necessary support if you are a bit unsteady on your feet.
Age can also affect your eye sight. This is why it’s so important to make sure that you have adequate lighting installed throughout your home. As dim lighting can make it easier to miss a potential hazard, it is particularly important to ensure that you have good lighting fixtures installed in your bathrooms, kitchen, entryway and bedroom. When your home is properly illuminated, you can reduce your risk of tripping and falling.
These are some of the home improvements that can allow older homeowners to age in place. Want another way to improve the safety of your home? Then make sure you have the proper homeowners insurance in place. For assistance with your coverage needs, contact the experts at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency. Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.