Aging-In-Place In Your Home

Are You One of the 90% Who Want to Age-In-Place?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as: “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”  The feeling of being at home provides us with a comfortable, familiar environment that is more than just a place – it’s a sense of stability.

Modifications that Make Your Home Easier to Live In

Aging-in-place will require modifications to your home, especially in the bathrooms.  With basic changes you can lower the risk of injury and continue to live in your home for several more years.

bathroom diagram with aging in place updates

Aging-in-place will necessitate making some modifications to your bathroom.

In your bathrooms there are several areas you will need to address:

  • Adjusting toilet height or installing a seat extender
  • Adding grab bars near toilet and in bath/shower
  • Install a shower seat
  • Apply anti-slip coating in tub/shower
  • Add slip-resistant floor treatment
  • Install a walk-in shower/tub, and handheld showerhead
  • Add multi-level dual sinks
bathroom with grab bars

There are some relatively minor updates to your bathroom that can make it safer and easier to use as you get older.

In your kitchen these updates will help.

  • Adjusting the height of your sink
  • Adding a shallow sink
  • Installing a hands-free faucet

With nearly 90% of Americans 50 and older wanting to “age-in-place” and remain in their homes, making these upgrades to your home will likely be needed.  Making sure your home is safe, accessible, and meets your needs will allow you to remain in your home for many years to come.

Don’t Wait to Get Started

If your goal is to age-in-place, now is the time to prepare your home for the transition. Give Brenneco Plumbing a call today at 765-448-6190 to discuss the modifications that will allow you to remain safe and comfortable in the place you call home.