“Aging in Place”
By Deb Bokkamper, ASID/CAPS
Insurance companies, investment consultants, doctors and even our families are talking about Mom and Dad: you should start thinking about “aging in place”. Ok, but, we have questions.
Position illuminated large button on/off light switches in locations that can be reached from a wheelchair. New LED lighting is brighter and saves energy.
Be cautious of flooring, because it should not be slippery or hard in case of falls and carpet should be short weave as to not trip up a walker but has ease for a wheelchair.
In the bathroom, install a zero-threshold shower with a bench…this helps to eliminate the possibility of falling , yet provides easy access for wheelchairs or walkers.
Install grab bars; even if there is not a present need, make sure they can be anchored properly in the wall for future use…also, do not forget grab bars around the toilet and make the toilet have a higher seat, so it easy to sit down and stand up.
So, don’t be a fall or a hospital statistic…have a safe, functional, yet beautiful home you and your family will have peace of mind and you will live in your home for years to come.
Deb Bokamper is a professional interior designer of the American Society of Interior Designers and has a Certified Aging in Place designation from the National Home Builders Association. She has over 25 years in the industry. Her purpose is interior design for all ages, at all life stages.