AGING IN PLACE
As people get older, their requirements can change when it comes to their living spaces. Vision and mobility issues, for example, can make living in their current homes challenging and even unsafe. The daily living skills that were once automatic such as cleaning, cooking and bathing, can become chores that require time, patience and sometimes assistance.
Over recent years, the idea of “aging in place” has become a hot topic among those over the age of 50. Aging in place refers to the desire of older adults to live where they want as they age, and for as long as they can. Rather than moving to a nursing home or senior living community, many people want to take steps to make their current residences safe and functional so they do not have to leave their homes.
According to the 2018 Home and Community Preferences National Survey conducted by AARP, 76% of respondents over the age of 50 reported that they would like to continue living in their current residence; however, only 46% thought that they would be able to stay in their current homes and only 59% anticipated staying within their communities.
Home Modifications for Aging in Place
There are many home repairs and improvements that a qualified handyman service can provide for clients who wish to make their homes more accessible and secure. The types of modifications made will entirely depend on the person and their needs. A professional handyman service will be able to walk you through the options and make the updates to your home right away.
Some of the most common home repairs that make living at home more comfortable and accessible for older adults include:
- Grab bars and handrails
- Widening of doorways
- Updated hardware on cabinets and windows
- Modified faucets and shower controls
- Installation of sliding doors
- Installation of walk-in showers
- Installation of shower seats
- Construction of ramps
- Updated interior and exterior lighting
- Adjusting the height of countertops
- Mobility-friendly flooring options
Many other modifications can be made. Again, it depends on the individual and their needs. The goal of aging in place home repairs is to make a living space as accessible, comfortable and safe as possible for those who live there. If done right, a homeowner can enjoy higher levels of independence in their day to day lives.
Learn More About Aging in Place with Service First
Although Service First technicians are not certified aging in place specialists, they have the skills and know-how to make all of the modifications and repairs necessary to make your home work for you. As experienced handymen, our technicians have the ability to tackle any home project from painting and installations to carpentry and framing.
If you are considering staying in your home, don’t wait to make the improvements necessary to keep your living space safe and accessible. At Service First, we pride ourselves on our commitment to going above and beyond for our customers. Contact our office today and let us show you how we can make your dream of aging in place a reality.
Call Service First to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified home maintenance and repair technicians. We look forward to hearing from you!