More and more people are thinking about designing their home “to age in place” so that their house will accommodate changes that may occur over time.
The following tips can help you live longer independently and safely at home:
- Handrail rails in stairways for better balance with level changes.
- Use laminated or washable fabrics for easy care with seating.
- Grab bars installed in showers and bath areas to allow for safe egress from wet to dry areas.
- Roll-out drawers for kitchen and bathroom cabinets for easy access to storage.
- Install lever controls for faucets and hardware instead of knobs for better gripping
- Utilize seating with arms for better support in getting in and out of chairs and sofas.
- Install textured or honed flooring in bathroom for better traction.
- Use comfort ease flooring such as bamboo, vinyl or wood to put less strain on your spine.
- Install a seat in a shower for greater comfort and stability.
- Utilize window blinds to avoid glare from the sun.
About The Author
Leslie draws on more than twenty years experience as a residential and commercial interior designer, as well as her background in fine arts and her work with the disabled. Leslie is the owner of Leslie M. Stern Design Ltd. and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She serves on the boards of CJE-Senior Life and ICODA (International Center on Deafness and the Arts). She is licensed as an interior designer in Illinois, New Mexico, and California. Leslie is a graduate of the Harrington College of Interior Design. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Drake University and a Master’s degree in Arts from Northwestern University, specializing in the area of education of the hearing impaired.