Key Characteristics of a Home Well-Suited for Aging in Place



Aging in place refers to the ability of senior individuals to continue living in their own homes safely, healthily, and comfortably, regardless of their age, income, or ability level. For aging in place to succeed, it is vital to consider the home environment and the wider community where the home is situated. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of St. Louis Park can guide you in creating a home that fosters safety and encourages independence.

Safety and Accessibility

Updating living spaces with the idea of “living in place” goes beyond typical senior-proofing. Work with a general contractor to design your home to be safe and accessible, as well as reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. This might entail alterations such as widening doorways for wheelchair access, installing ramps and stair lifts, or using non-slip flooring.

Bathrooms can be made more accessible with the inclusion of grab bars, walk-in showers, and raised toilet seats. Adjustable kitchen countertops and pull-out cabinets can also enhance accessibility. Adequate lighting is just as important, as it can minimize the risk of falls. At the same time, smart home technologies can ensure safety through features like automated lighting, security systems, or fall detection.

Healthy Living Environment

A healthy home environment is crucial for building a forever home and is often related to indoor air quality, temperature management, and overall hygiene. An excellent home remodeler will advise you to emphasize natural light to enhance mood and regulate circadian rhythms, improve ventilation to reduce allergens and indoor pollutants, and ensure efficient heating and cooling systems to maintain a comfortable temperature. Easy-to-clean and hypoallergenic materials can reduce dust and allergens, further promoting a healthier living space.

Comfort for Long-Term Residency

Comfort is an essential aspect of the ideal forever home. This can mean different things to different people, ranging from aesthetic features, like a preferred style of furniture, to more functional aspects, such as thermal comfort and soundproofing. Also, consider spaces for hobbies, convenience-focused technologies, and social interaction areas. The key is to create a home where an individual can enjoy their surroundings and live comfortably.

Engagement With the Wider Community

While remodeling the home is an essential factor in promoting aging in place, it’s also necessary to reflect on the larger community’s role. Proximity to healthcare facilities and other critical services, access to public transportation, and opportunities for social interaction are vital community aspects, reducing isolation and promoting better health and well-being. The remodeling endeavor can also enhance the home’s curb appeal, promoting a sense of pride and ownership, which further contributes to well-being.

Let DreamMaker Handle Your Renovation Plans

Ready to live independently and comfortably as time goes on? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of St. Louis Park’s Independence by Design® service can help you make it possible! With a seamless blend of style, safety, and functionality, we deliver accessible remodeling solutions that go beyond senior-proofing.

Call us today at (952) 522-3008, or reach us online and our team will get back to you. We serve homeowners in Minneapolis, Plymouth, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Shorewood, Wayzata, and the surrounding communities.

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