Aging in place in your home


Jun 16, 2020

Boomers Plan Ahead with Aging-in-Place Home Modifications

In today’s real estate market, homes that are handicap accessible with a downstairs bedroom are in high demand from Baby Boomers and seniors who are looking for a forever home that will allow for aging in place.

During the pandemic, many Baby Boomers watched their parents and friends struggle with mobility issues, hospital, and nursing home stays. Upon returning home, there was not enough room to navigate a wheelchair or provide space for a caregiver or physical therapist.

Determined to plan ahead, Baby Boomers are turning to home renovations that will make their homes safer, more comfortable, and stylish. Many seniors are also making home renovations to accommodate their needs following joint replacement surgery.

Safety-Focused Home Renovations for Seniors

Towel bars are not built to hold weight. Just leaning on the towel bar can rip it out of the wall. This makes it a hazard for those who are struggling with a cane or walker and may lean against it for support. It is easy and cost-effective to replace standard towel bars with stylish grab bars. That’s just one of many aging-friendly features available today that can turn your home into a dream home.

Other popular modifications include adding:

  • Non-slip tile with texture
  • Receptacles that illuminate floor pathways
  • Cushioned flooring that is kindler on the joints
  • Curb-free showers with adjustable shower heads, grab bars, and seats
  • Glow-in-the-dark switches
  • Widened doorways
  • Relocating electrical outlets to be higher or lower
  • Slide-out kitchen counters of varying heights
  • High toilets with safety bars
  • ADA bathrooms that allow enough space for a wheelchair to turn around

Practical Pampering with Massaging Jacuzzi Jets to Soothe Sore Muscles

One popular addition is the installation of therapeutic baths equipped with massaging jets to soothe arthritis and sore muscles. Bidets and toilet seat warmers are also in high demand. Some homeowners choose to install radiant floor heat that warms cold tile and extends into the shower pan,

Motion sensors can be installed so that the lights come on when you enter the room. Dimmer switches are a popular choice because they are easier on the eyes and can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Hellers Building and Remodeling recently finished a renovation for a Montgomery County couple who wanted to turn a side porch and old bathroom into a master suite with a bedroom, walk-in closet and a handicap accessible bathroom.

The project was custom designed for the couple’s specific needs. At Hellers we have an in-house designer who can work with homeowners in picking out tile, cabinets, towel bars, mirrors and accessories if needed. We customize each project to our customers’ preferences.

Hellers, a family-owned and operated remodeling contractor, has decades of experience serving homeowners in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and the New Jersey shore. We are committed to quality work and customer satisfaction. We accept credit cards and are licensed and insured.

Contact Hellers today to arrange for a free estimate to transform your home into a forever home.