AGING IN PLACE – HOW CAN ALURE HELP
Aging in place means living in your home independently regardless of your age or ability. When making aging in place modifications to your home, it’s important to make sure you select an experienced remodeler that is ADA (American Disabilities Act of 1990) certified and compliant.
At Alure, our Kitchen and Bath designers are ADA certified. We understand that every situation is different, so the first step would be a free consultation with one of our certified designers to assess the needs and wants for your specific situation and needs.
For example, some details that would be important to incorporate into the design might be:
- Are you confined to an specific area of the home?
- Do you require the use of wheelchair, and if so, how often?
- Do you utilize a walker or home aid?
- Are there any illnesses or physical limitations that might also require special design consideration?
Discussing your individual situation will ensure our designer can provide you with the most logical and efficient design ideas.
Two important components of an ADA compliant bathroom are the CONSTRUCTION SCOPE and the DESIGN & MATERIAL SELECTION
Construction scope may include:
- Converting a tub to a walk in shower
- A roll in shower if confined to a wheelchair which requires special flooring set up with a 2nd drain
- Adding a grab bar in the shower/bath
- Allowing for additional space if room for an aide is necessary
- Expanding doorways
- Adding ramps
Design Materials could include:
- Contrasting colors for those who are having trouble with colors or delineating shades
- Textures on the floor to prevent slipping
- Seats in the shower
- Automated doors controlled by foot button if necessary
- Hoyer Lift if needed
- Wrapping plumbing for safety if homeowner needs to wheel up to the sink area in a wheelchair
- ADA height toilet
- Secure grab bars
- Hands free faucets and cabinets
- Brighter lighting
- Electronic cabinetry
- Space clearance for wheelchairs or walkers
- Rough services to avoid things sliding on them
If you are working with the VA or another occupational organization providing a grant for the modifications, we’ll also assist you and facilitate all the paperwork with the VA or other organization.
We also discuss plans for the future, in the event you might plan to sell the house down the road, to ensure that the modifications don’t make the home “unsellable” by lowering cabinets or other modifications that might need to be adjusted for a new homeowner.