Our homes provide us with comfort, a familiar environment and the feeling of stability. Why should that have to change as we get older? Recently, building and designing a home where one can age in place has grown in popularity—and for good reason. Some benefits include maintaining social engagement in the community, cost-effectiveness, living with family and pets, and the ability to stay in one’s home longer.
To build and design an “Aging in Place” home, whether it is a new construction or remodel, many different details and elements need to be considered to ensure that your home will allow the individuals living there to function as independently as possible through evolving ages and levels of mobility.
Interior designers often consider one- level living and the inclusion of wider hallways and doorways suited for wheelchairs. Lighting is a big factor as well; it is important to add sufficient lighting that can be adjusted for aging eyes. When it comes to kitchen design, cabinets and appliance placement are planned and placed for limited mobility use. Finally, the bathroom needs a shower with easy access and functional components to provide assurance. Considering these additions or remodels early can provide peace of mind through the aging process.
Monica Diaz is the owner and principal interior designer at Decore Interiors LLC, based in White Bear Lake. For more information, visit decoreinteriors.com.