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Essential home improvement projects for before seniors move in

As a senior, there are a few ‘senior moving tips’ to consider when planning a move, including access to health care, recreation, social activities and well as practical concerns. It’s important to look at the ability to “get around” versus the convenience of amenities that are critical to one’s quality of life. If you or someone you know requires the “closeness” of family or amenities, then it may be time to think about moving. If you’re looking for some senior moving advice, this following guide will assist in creating a home for a senior in which to live comfortably

Focus on the bathroom

The bathroom should be the first target for a senior-friendly remodel. Having a first-floor full bathroom is crucial. If you don’t currently have one, it might seem like a large expense. But compared to installing an elevator or chair lift, it could be more economical. Plus, those solutions don’t address the problem of expediency: if you need to get to a bathroom right away, a first-floor location will be the most convenient.

In the kitchen, think convenience
If you’re gearing up for a kitchen remodel, take a close look at your flooring. Tile is hard to stand on for long periods, especially in you have lower back or hip pain. Opt for vinyl, linoleum, wood or cork flooring, which are more forgiving. Also, consider adding seated workspaces, so you can still chop your vegetables but take a load off while doing it.

When looking at new appliances, opt for a side-by-side refrigerator featuring double doors, which is easier to open if you’re in a wheelchair. Instead of an over-the-oven microwave, which requires lifting heavy dishes above your head, consider a countertop or drawer model. To avoid having to bend over, a separate cooktop affixed to the counter and an oven inserted into the wall is a better option than a traditional stove, where the cooktop is above the oven door.

For countertops, use a contrasting colour around the edges so that if your vision starts to wane, you’ll still be able to clearly see where the countertop ends, thus preventing spills. Install lots of lighting under cabinets and outlets along the backsplash to limit having to reach down toward the floor to plug something in.

Throughout the house
Use more and brighter lights to help your senior see as their vision started to deteriorate.

If you’re replacing flooring, consider installing hardwood. It’s a lot easier to roll a wheelchair on wood than on carpeting. And think about your heating system, too. Seniors tend to suffer from the cold more so consider better insulation in your home.

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