Have you heard of “aging in place?” If not, we’ll explain. It’s the concept of staying in your home as you age, and the CDC defines it as “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. This way of aging is best suited for those who are healthy and also have a strong support system and fully paid households. Of course, there are many ways to make the home even more comfortable for aging loved ones, and here are some things that can accomplish that.
Elegant support bars
Grab bars are extremely useful, but let’s be real, they can often be quite a surprise. For those who have carefully designed their bathrooms, adding them will completely ruin the look of the entire room. However, you can try to find one in the Invisia Grab Bar collection that fits the style of the bathroom while offering a sturdy and durable structural support bar.
Hardware for sliding doors
Did you know that you can turn almost any door into a sliding door? These tend to be more comfortable for anyone with mobility issues and will also save space. Jeld-Wen’s DesignGlide hardware makes it easy to transform doors and comes with soft-close hinges that can also help make traditional front doors more secure.
A stair lift
A stair lift can make all the difference in making mobility easier and more accessible. However, sometimes things get complicated with different types of stairs, which is why Bruno’s line of stairlifts is great, because they can help you find a lift that fits any staircase and at a fair price. The most popular is the Elan straight stair lift which has a narrow vertical rail design that does not block the rest of the staircase.
For seniors who have difficulty reaching closets or are newly wheelchair users, it can be difficult to put things in and out of the closet. However, the Rev-A-Shelf drop-down closet rod helps to fix that by making any closet accessible. It comes in a range of widths so you can find the best fit for your closet, while the rod can also be adjusted from 34 to 50 inches. You can access items in the cabinet by pulling down on the rod, which is locked in place.
Tap to open drawers
For seniors who find cabinet handles more difficult to use or can cause pain, drawers and cabinets are a great solution for opening them. You can use the Tipmatic system for drawers in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms that allow the drawers to be opened with just a touch on a panel. With Sensomatic, the drawers open when you touch anywhere on the front of the drawer surface.