For those thinking about aging in place, a wide range of supportive solutions are available for Maine residents. Many people want to remain in their homes longer, enjoying a higher quality of life. Yet, homes must be designed to fit the unique, evolving needs of those homeowners. There are numerous ways to achieve this goal, and Horch Roofing can help with your roofing needs.
What are Features of Aging-in-Place Home Design?
As you or your loved ones age, tasks around the home can prove to be a bit more difficult. It’s complex to handle the chores you used to do. Or, maybe you’re worried about what may happen a few years down the road. Take into consideration a few components of aging-in-place home design.
Improve Pathways and Walkways
Perhaps the biggest concern with aging in place is movement. You need to be able to move from place to place without the risk of falling. This includes from your car into your home and from one area of the home to the next. Here are a few key things to take into consideration.
- Using non-slip flooring at all entry points
- Removing or reducing steps
- Repairing any uneven cracks or flooring areas, even carpet edges
- Improve lighting near stairs and walkways
- Installing rails at any non-avoidable stairs
Functional Areas of the Home
Each area of the home should be carefully considered to determine just how accessible it is. Imagine being in a wheelchair or having to sit down to do tasks. How can you make areas a bit more functional? Aging-in-place design features include:
- Countertops in bathrooms and kitchens at the right height
- Knobs and door handles that are easy to twist and open
- Doors that are lightweight
- Removing doors from cabinetry that are too difficult to manage
- Accessible bathrooms with non-slip rugs, walk-in showers or tubs, and easy transfer features
Structural Components of the Home
Whether you are retrofitting or building an aging-in-place home from the ground up, there are structural components you can take into consideration:
- At Horch Roofing, we recommend metal roofs for these homes because they last decades and require very little, if any, maintenance. Ask us about other options to fit your needs.
- Windows should be easy to open and close.
- Ensure siding is long-lasting and the most modern, energy-efficient product.
Considering Your Options for Aging in Place?
At Horch Roofing, we take pride in creating solutions for you. Turn to our team to learn more about the types of roofing that we offer that can make aging in place easier to manage. Contact us today to learn more.