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4 Easy Aging-in-Place Projects for Seniors

4 Easy Aging-in-Place Projects for Seniors

Has Your Life Changed?

Are you aging and starting to experience mobility challenges? Most people prefer to stay in their current space when starting to age instead of going through the hassle of moving to an assisted living home. Taking the necessary steps to renovate your home to improve safety is crucial for aging-in-place. Increasing accessibility indoors and out, remodeling the bathroom for more space, organizing the kitchen, and clearing unnecessary clutter are all great remodeling projects that’ll help accommodate challenges that seniors may face and allow you to independently live at home. For more helpful ideas on how to renovate your home so it’s ready for you to age safely, happily, and healthily, continue reading below.

Increase Your Home’s Accessibility Indoors & Out

Entering your home without a struggle is crucial. If your home has a deck with steps to get to the front door, installing an easy-access ramp is the first project you should tackle. The ramp is designed to be used in all weather conditions and is ideally used for wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters.

Next, if your home has stairs inside, take a look at what will be the best option to increase accessibility. Chairlifts can be installed on staircases to accommodate both straight or curved designs. If there are smaller steps to get to one room from another, add a handrail if there’s not one in place already. If your home has multiple large staircases, a home elevator might be a worthwhile investment. Find a professional to come and evaluate your space to see what the best options are for your home. Adding these features to your space will make it much easier for you to be able to move around without any obstacles getting in the way.

Remodel the Bathroom

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Next, take a look at your bathrooms. It’s crucial you have enough space to move around if you’re using a wheelchair, scooter, or walker. If your space is not safe, you should remodel all bathrooms for easier access to prevent falls or injuries.

If the shower is difficult to get in and out of, perhaps install a large walk-in shower with handrails and a seat to accommodate you. You might also want to install a flooring option best suited for wheelchairs. If your bathroom currently has tiles, be aware that they can become slippery when wet. You might also want to replace the vanity with a lower countertop option for easy access just in case. Poor lighting can also become a safety hazard. Increase the wattage of your bulbs for a bright and well-lit space that’s easy to navigate.

The bathroom alone can be a hefty project that adds up quickly—which can be stressful when planning to make other updates to your home as well. As a homeowner, you’ve more than likely built up equity in your home over the years.

Start by applying for a home equity line of credit and if you’re approved, you can borrow from the equity you’ve built and put those funds towards home improvement projects. What’s beneficial about this option is that it can be tax-deductible since you’re putting the money towards updating your home. It’s crucial to explore the best options possible to help you fund your home’s projects so you’re not hurting your finances in the long run.

Organize the Kitchen

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Organizing the kitchen is important so you can easily access the cupboards and other areas like the pantry. First, you might want to utilize the lower cupboards for your main cooking utensils and dishes. This is helpful just in case it’s a struggle to reach cabinets that are higher. Next, consider installing a kitchen pullout pantry so you can see everything without having to shuffle around to find what you’re looking for. If the countertops are sharp, you may want to have them rounded out to avoid bumping into them and potentially hurting your side or hip. This will increase the safety of your kitchen as well. If your microwave is up high, move it to a lower cabinet to reduce having to reach above your shoulders. Minimizing the amount of reaching and lifting things above your shoulders will prevent any accidents such as pulling a muscle or losing balance.

Don’t forget about delivery services that’ll help you get your groceries without having to leave your home. Instacart, DoorDash, and Grubhub are all great services to use to order your groceries or meals without having to go pick them up. This is helpful, especially if the weather is not something you feel comfortable leaving your home in. You should also look into having your mail delivered to your door instead of your mailbox. These are all great ways to increase accessibility around your home and help minimize the number of errands you have to make.

Clear the Clutter

Clearing the clutter around your home is crucial to help increase accessibility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that each year, millions of people 65 and older, experience a fall, and one out of five falls caused a serious injury. Those injuries consist of broken bones or head injuries. To help avoid the possibility of falling, start by getting rid of any unnecessary items lying around your home such as rugs, old or broken furniture, items on the floor, unused decorations, and unused electronics or wires. If you’re not willing to part ways with some items, create separate piles to keep, throw out, or donate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend or family member because clearing clutter in your home can be a big and long task. Once you’ve sorted through your belongings, organize your space, so there’s nothing that can potentially get in your way and cause you to fall. If your home is smaller and you don’t have enough space to store items that you’re not ready to get rid of yet, find a storage space near you to keep your belongings in safely. Clearing your home of any clutter will allow you to move around your home without any worry of something getting in the way making it much easier to peacefully age in place.

Aging should not deter you from wanting to stay in your home and enjoy it. Aging in place is doable as long as you make the necessary updates to your space to allow you to independently and safely live in your home.

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What Kind of a Stairlift do I need?
Chair lifts for stairs are ideal for those who may be able to stand but face difficulty making the climb. Whether your staircase is a straight, curved, indoor or outdoor, our team will help you find the appropriate lift solution for your or a loved one’s lifestyle while meeting any necessary property requirements.
What is the best lift for my home?
Call us at 877.392.2531 and we’ll schedule a free evaluation and talk with you about your specific needs. We will help determine what lift is right for you, take measurements, and install for you!

  • Straight Rail: A straight rail lift is ideal for steps or traditionally straight staircases. Our skilled technicians may combine two sets for easy and safe passage up the stairs for years to come.
  • Curved Rail: Allow us to custom build a lift for your elegantly curved stairway. Curved staircases or several straight staircases connected by landings usually require a curved rail stair lift installation.
  • Outdoor: Worried about your loved one slipping on slick outdoor steps? Outdoor lifts are ideal for safely getting users up raised landings, straight or curved stairways, porches, and decks outside the home.
  • Incline Platform Lift for Stairs: Take the stairs without leaving your wheelchair! Incline lifts conveniently allow users to roll onto a platform and travel up or down the stairways natural incline at the push of a button.
  • Porch Lifts: Also called a vertical platform lift, porch lifts allow users to safely reach their decks or porches. Porch lifts carry users directly above or below and are often recommended as space-saving accessibility solutions.
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Our lifts come with feet that are attached to the rail and screwed into stairway floor for ultimate stability. EZ Able’s skilled service technicians can install your stair lift on numerous staircase surfaces such as carpet, hardwoods, concrete, and even tile or marble with special consideration and hardware.
How Much Does a Stairlift Cost?
A professionally installed stair lift can cost about $3,000 to $5,000—that’s about the average monthly cost of assisted living.

The cost may vary depending on the brand and specific features needed. For example, some custom curve rail configurations can cost over $13,000.

If you need help paying for your stair lift, there are grants and organizations that can offer assistance if you qualify.

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5 Ways to Renovate for Home Accessibility

5 Ways to Renovate for Home Accessibility

5 Ways to Renovate for Home Accessibility

Written by Jody Fisk

Home Accessibility Stats

~The National Library of Medicine

2.7 Million Wheelchair Users + Millions of other people with mobility issues

Most Homes aren't built to accomodate handicap access.

Home Accessibility Stats

Why do people renovate for home accessibility? As mobility changes, homes need to be modified to accommodate changing needs.  According to The National Library of Medicine, there are 2.7 million wheelchair users in the United States.  Mobility — the ability to move or walk freely and easily — is critical for functioning well and living independently for everyone. Additionally, as we age, we may also experience changes to our mobility. There are many reasons for these changes, including changes in gait (how we walk), balance, and physical strength.  Therefore the need for accessible housing is often understated and overlooked until a need arises.

Unfortunately, not all homes are built to accommodate handicap accessibility. The good news is there are many ways you can renovate your home to create a more accessible space. By establishing a budget, renovating the structure of your home, improving tight spaces, purchasing new appliances, and hiring professional help if needed, your home will be more efficient for handicap accessibility.

Whether you or a loved one are currently in a wheelchair, you’re trying to get ahead of old age, or you’d like to make your home a more welcoming space for handicapped guests, below are five ways to help you get started. 

Whatever your budget, situation, or level of construction expertise is, there are many ways to create a more accessible space. By starting with the most important projects first and working your way down the list, your home’s mobility will improve in no time. Remember, not everything needs to be updated right away. Don’t forget to reference the helpful tips above to help renovate your home for increased accessibility.   Each step is an investment in creating a home that you can live in for your lifetime.

Establish a Budget

Before diving into the renovations, start by establishing a realistic budget. The cost of home renovations can add up fast, so by adding a little extra wiggle room in your budget, you’ll be able to make bigger renovation projects for a more wheelchair-friendly space. To help afford these projects, look into utilizing your home’s equity. Tapping into funds through the equity in your home will allow you to allocate money for the cost of each expense upfront. Another way to help pay for the renovations is by dipping into your retirement accounts (if you’re retired already). If you’re not retired yet, set money aside from each paycheck to put towards the expenses. Remember, you don’t have to tackle every project right away. Start with the most important first and work your way down the list.

Renovate the Structure

There are many ways to update the structure of your home to accommodate wheelchairs. Among the most popular is building a wheelchair-accessible entranceway. This can be done by installing a wheelchair-accessible ramp. Doorway ramps are crucial, especially if your entranceway has steps to get to the front door. Then, make sure a wheelchair can fit through the doorway by accurately adjusting doorway measurements. To reduce strain on the wheelchair user’s shoulders, the threshold should be lower than half an inch with a 36-inch wide door frame. Another major structure update is expanding the garage so a wheelchair-accessible van can fit into the space. This would be beneficial to avoid rain or snow when exiting the vehicle.

Improve Tight Spaces

Maneuvering through your home can be tricky in a wheelchair with tight spaces. Start by eliminating any unnecessary clutter or furniture that might get in the way. Replace all the doors and install wheelchair-accessible door frames. If possible, try to make sure each room has a 5-foot radius of turning space. If the bedrooms are small and you have the space, knock down a wall to create a larger room. For a more wheelchair-accessible space, lower the countertops in the kitchen and bathroom along with the cabinets so they’re not too high up. This will allow you to utilize the kitchen without added complications.

Purchase New Appliances

Don’t forget about purchasing wheelchair-friendly appliances for your home. Start with one room at a time. For the bathroom, purchase a wheelchair-accessible shower, sink, and toilet, along with helpful accessories like a handlebar to assist in getting up and down. Make sure the toilet is lower so that it’s easier to maneuver to and from the wheelchair. For the kitchen, look into purchasing a side-by-side fridge to avoid the freezer being up top. This will make it possible to get into both the fridge and freezer, especially for shorter wheelchair users. For more accessibility, buy a stove with the knobs in the front rather than the back. If you don’t want to purchase a whole new kitchen sink, replace your current faucet with a longer one. Don’t forget about the smaller appliances, like under-cabinet jar openers, and automatic soap dispensers. Smaller updates will be a quick and easy way to achieve more mobility in your home.

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Another type of “appliance” you may want to consider is a stairlift.  Often, people choose a stairlift when they begin to have issues climbing stairs.

Hire Professional Help

If you’re currently in a wheelchair or you don’t have a wide background in construction to make the renovations yourself, try finding a local contractor that specializes in accessibility to help.  It isn’t uncommon for EZ Able® to visit homes and find unsafe ramps which are too steep for safe access.  Often these ramps are missing handrails and built with a plywood surface that will become extremely slippery with a thin layer of frost or mold.  The cheapest bid isn’t always the way to go when it comes to accessibility.  A modification or device doesn’t do you any good if it doesn’t work for your specific needs and if it could be the source for further injury. Don’t be afraid to ask for as much help as possible to get the job done.

Whatever your budget, situation, or level of construction expertise is, there are many ways to create a more accessible space. By starting with the most important projects first and working your way down the list, your home’s mobility will improve in no time. Remember, not everything needs to be updated right away. Don’t forget to reference the helpful tips above to help renovate your home for increased accessibility.   Each step is an investment in creating a home that you can live in for your lifetime.  

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CLICK to view prices.  EZ Able® offers many affordable choices for your needs.  Call 877-392-2531 for details.  Need help finding the right lift?  EZ Able® offers many affordable, safe and reliable choices for your needs.  All of our lifts meet tough safety standards. 

Curves or Radius Stairways

CLICK TO VIEW Curved Stairlifts for Home or Business

Not all stairways are straight runs.  A curved stairlift accommodates stairways were there are turns.

Straight Stairlifts

CLICK to view prices.  EZ Able® offers many affordable choices for your needs.  Call 877-392-2531 for details.  Need help finding the right lift?  EZ Able® offers many affordable, safe and reliable choices for your needs.  All of our lifts meet tough safety standards. 

Curves or Radius Stairways

CLICK TO VIEW Curved Stairlifts for Home or Business

Not all stairways are straight runs.  A curved stairlift accommodates stairways were there are turns.

COVID-19 Status | Fully Operational

COVID-19 Status | Fully Operational

Beginning upstream at the source of things like raw materials, and then moving to low-cost manufacturing and so on, COVID-19 has interrupted many of the key elements of supply.

Many of our suppliers are doing a great job reducing lead times.  Yet, the supply chain issues continue to cause delivery timeframe volatility.

One area that continues to have supply issues are mobility devices such as rollators and mobility scooters.  The lead times for these items are often months.  Order early or expect to pay a premium for in-stock items at your local dealer.  

The key message?  

Plan ahead, and order early.  If you need to have a product installed, such as a stairlift, please get your project on the schedule ASAP.  

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