Aging-in-Place Remodeling

Aging-in-Place remodeling refers to projects specifically catered to those homeowners who opt to stay in their homes long-term. Instead of moving to a retirement community or some other facility, they have decided to “age-in-place” to maintain their independence. We work with homeowners on these projects which are often centered around making your home easy to navigate and safe.

Certified Aging-in-Place Professionals (CAPS) have taken part in extra education specifically for catering to the needs of those planning to age-in-place. These are architects, designers, and contractors who are intimately aware of the difficulties experienced by older customers. They want to provide the best solutions, both for now and for the future.

Do I Need a Designer?

Finding and working with a certified designer or architect is a good first step in the process of remodeling for aging-in-place. While many customers are happy to rely on designers employed in retail, aging-in-place has very specific requirements. You want somebody who not only understands your needs currently, but can anticipate needs you’ll have in the future. They will meet with you and discuss your needs and wants. Then your designer will create a floor plan and prints for the new space. These are the plans that we will be working from on your project.

Aging-in-Place Bathroom Remodeling

Bathrooms in particular pose a safety concern for many of those who have decided to age-in-place. As the room with the most water, and the most hard surfaces, they pose the potential for falling. In order to reduce any slipperiness and make navigating simpler, there are several things that are often helpful when we undertake a bath remodel.

First, we take into account the size of the room. We often widen small bathrooms and their doorways to make navigation easier. We will often survey the entirety of the floor and its transitions from the front door to the back of the bathroom to minimize any tripping hazards and smooth out any changes in height.

While remodeling for an aging in place bathroom, we might feature a barrier-free shower as well as benches with shower controls and niches nearby. To encourage safe passage, we often install plenty of grab bars for solidity. Essentially, we’ll think through as many use-cases as possible and do our best to achieve a universal usability within this bathroom.

See more about planning and options for aging in place.