Aging in Place
Thinking of renovating a residence so you or a relative can “age in place?” You’re not alone – AARP research shows that more than 80 percent of the U.S. residents above the age of 45 say they “want to remain in their own homes even when they need assistance.” With senior citizens make up the country’s fastest growing population and fewer Baby Boomers moving to retirement homes, aging in place retrofits are becoming the fastest growing segment of the home remodeling industry. However, the amount of design changes to choose from can be daunting – from remodels that are safety-based like no threshold shower floors and smooth walking surfaces that don’t pose a tripping hazard, to simple changes like modifying a kitchen surface to allow for sitting while preparing meals or adding drawer and cabinet pulls for easy gripping. These days technology plays a part as well, with innovations like vacuuming robots and smartphone controlled door locks, lighting and thermostats. For many seniors aging in place has resulted in greater health and happiness. It’s key that you work with a contractor you like who’s had experience with these types of redesigns and can help you prioritize a list that meets your needs and falls within your budget. Cook’s Kitchen and Bath is a safe bathing specialist and an authorized dealer of Best Bath Systems, an industry-leading manufacturer of accessible shower surround units and walk-in bathtubs. We are a general contractor with experience in aging in place remodels that include wider... continue reading.