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    Aging-In-Place Remodeling in Connecticut
    Aging-In-Place Remodeling in Connecticut

Aging-in-place remodeling in Westport, CT by Rehab Specialties of Connecticut involves making home modifications to accommodate the needs of individuals as they grow older, allowing them to live comfortably and safely in their homes for as long as possible. From installing Indoor/Outdoor Stair Lift Systems, Modular Ramp Systems, Walk-in Showers & Baths, Wheel Chair Lifts, Grab Bars & Railings an more, Rehab Specialties is a full service aging in place remodeling contractor serving Westport, CT an Fairfield County.

Here’s a checklist of common aging-in-place remodeling considerations:

1. Entry and Exits:

  • Install ramps or a no-step entrance to the home.
  • Widen doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.
  • Install lever-style door handles for easier grip and use.

2. Flooring:

  • Choose slip-resistant flooring materials to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Remove or secure any loose rugs or carpets.
  • Consider smooth, low-pile carpeting for reduced tripping hazards.

3. Bathroom:

  • Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower or bathtub.
  • Consider a walk-in or roll-in shower with a handheld showerhead.
  • Raise the height of toilets for easier sitting and standing.
  • Install non-slip flooring in the bathroom.

4. Kitchen:

  • Lower countertops or provide adjustable-height counters.
  • Install pull-out or pull-down shelves in cabinets for easier access.
  • Use lever-style faucet handles for ease of use.
  • Ensure there’s space for seated meal preparation.

5. Bedroom:

  • Place bedroom on the main level if possible to avoid stairs.
  • Ensure proper lighting with easy-to-reach switches.
  • Install a bed with an adjustable height for easier entry and exit.

6. Lighting:

  • Add ample lighting throughout the home to reduce shadows and improve visibility.
  • Use rocker switches or motion-activated lighting for convenience.
  • Ensure nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.

7. Stairways:

  • Consider installing a stairlift or elevator if mobility becomes an issue.
  • Ensure handrails on both sides of stairways for support.

8. Living Spaces:

  • Arrange furniture to create clear, wide pathways for mobility aids.
  • Consider a zero-clearance or raised hearth fireplace for safety.
  • Ensure comfortable seating with proper lumbar support.

9. Safety Features:

  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of the home.
  • Consider a home security system with medical alert features.
  • Check that all electrical outlets and switches are in good working order.

10. Bathroom Emergency Systems: – Install an emergency pull cord or call button in the bathroom to request assistance in case of falls or emergencies. – Consider a waterproof medical alert device that can be worn in the shower.

11. Accessible Appliances: – Choose appliances with user-friendly controls and displays. – Install appliances at a convenient height to avoid bending or reaching.

12. Outdoor Spaces: – Ensure safe and accessible entry to the backyard or garden. – Consider raised garden beds for easier gardening. – Install well-maintained paths and handrails for outdoor mobility.

13. Emergency Preparedness: – Develop an emergency plan and share it with family members or caregivers. – Keep a list of important contacts, medical information, and medications readily available.

When planning aging-in-place renovations in Westport, it’s important to consult with professionals at Rehab Specialties of Connecticut.  We specialize in accessible design and remodeling to ensure that modifications are safe, effective, and compliant with local building codes and regulations. Give us a call at (203) 606-8975 to schedule your aging in place remodel today!