For a home to fit you perfectly, it needs to be catered to the station in life in which you find yourself. When you have young kids, keeping things child-proof is your main priority. As you and your family ages, having a functional and organized home may be your focus. And once you’ve reached your retirement years, keeping yourself safe at home is now where your attention should be.
To help you when entering this last stage, here are three tips for updating your home as you reach your twilight years.
Start In The Bathroom
If you’ve ever been to an assisted living facility, you know that major steps are taken toward helping residents avoid slips, trips, and falls. Usually, these types of injuries are most likely to happen in the bathroom where floors and surfaces can get slippery when wet.
Knowing this, you should consider starting in the bathroom when making safety renovation to your home. According to Rebecca Edwards, a contributor to SafeWise.com, some of the updates you should start with should include adding a bench to the shower, putting in a walk-in tub, and add grab bars near the toilet and around the shower area. All of these adjustments will help you steady yourself when in the bathroom and ensure that you have a safe place to rest if need be.
Replace Your Door Knobs
As your body ages, it can become harder and harder for your hands to maintain their fine motor skills. As a result of this, many people find that they have a hard time using turning door knobs into their twilight years.
If this is something you’re concerned about, Margarette Burnette, a contributor to NerdWallet.com, recommends that you replace your traditional door knobs with lever-style door knobs. This will make it much easier for you to open and close doors without having to strain your hand in order to do so.
Add More Lighting
Another part of your body that commonly fails as you age is your eyes. Because of this, you may need to add more lighting into your home as you come further into your twilight years.
Some lighting you may want to consider installing, according to Jonathan Trout, a contributor to Consumer Affairs, are reading lamps near your chairs or bed as well as additional lighting in your kitchen, like under your cabinets. You may also want to get motion sensored lights for your bedroom or bathroom in the event that you have to get up in the middle of the night.
If you’re wanting to age in place within your home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn what updates or adjustments will make your house much more suited to your life after retirement.