Home remodeling plays a key role for many seniors aging in place. The reason is that homes generally are not senior-friendly or have Universal Design incorporated into the home to make it easy to live in and use. Home remodeling lets a person create the house they need to grow old in.
Home remodeling can help some of the physical aspects of your home that you will need to change. However, there are plenty of ways to make your home more safe and comfortable.
Many times the initial home remodeling that people have done is in the bathroom. Items such as grab bars, walk-in tubs, hand rails or ramps, non-slip flooring and others are all very important in addressing home safety. Although there are many items you could focus on, safety issues are the best way to get started. Not just in the bathroom, either.
Home remodeling is not all or nothing
Choosing which home remodeling projects to have don can be tough. As mentioned above, home safety should be a primary concern. Many people feel overwhelmed when thinking about remodeling their home with all of the choices they are presented. It is your home and your needs that are being addressed. A licensed and trained professional can provide a home assessment and a list of recommended changes to a home. They can also advise which ones will provide most for safety.
There are many home remodeling contractors, builders and home maintenance businesses in nearly every city. It is difficult to know who to call. But, when you do start interviewing contractors, be sure to ask what experience they have with accessibility projects for aging in place, ask to see their licenses and insurance, and to speak to previous customers. Also, you should call to verify each of those.
There are a growing number of contractors that have earned the Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation from the National Association of Home Builders. This by no means should infer that they have the experience to do the work you need done. But, it does signify a commitment to learning more about these types of projects.