Home Renovations for Seniors in Vancouver, BC
Statistics Canada’s 2016 figures show there are now 5.9 million seniors living in Canada. Seniors outnumber the 5.8 million children, aged 14 and under. What does this mean to us? It means more and more homes need to be adapted for senior living.
While the trend is to update homes to make it more pleasing to the eye, your ambient lighting, crystal doorknobs and tile flooring are doing nothing to help your elderly mom or your grandfather get through everyday life.
When designing a home for seniors, it’s important to consider the following:
- Light—Aging eyes need more light for sewing, reading, looking for items or just moving through one room to another. Making sure there is ample light in every room—especially along entryways, stairs and corners– lessens the risks of bumping a hip or knee against things.
- Doorknobs—When you’re younger and don’t have arthritic hands, you don’t think of how challenging twisting a doorknob can be. Lever-style door handles are easier to manage and come in different styles and finishes.
- Bathtubs—Clawfoot tubs and tubs that require you to lift your legs over to get in aren’t necessarily appropriate for seniors. A step-in shower with a bench is good. A single handle shower faucet with a hand-held showerhead is even better. We need to make bathing safer for them.
- Grab bars—It’s obvious that adding grab bars by the toilet is a must, but they’re just as important in the kitchen, by the stairs and on the porch steps. It’s the same reason the British installed temporary handrails on St. Paul Cathedral’s steps for the Queen’s 90th birthday service.
- Floors—Yes, you may have just renovated when you moved into your home. But now that your mother-in-law is living with your family, you’re going to need some low pile carpet. Slippery floors are dangerous even with a rug. Eliminate trip points as much as you can.To help illustrate what we mean, we created the design below.
FairTradeWorks understands how important it is to make a home adaptable and age-appropriate for seniors. We’re building several seniors buildings in Marmora, Ontario. See more here: http://www.fairtradeworks.biz/developments/#bleeckers
Meg McCaslin, Admin & Communication
3d design courtesy of: home-designing.com