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Aging in Place

May 23, 2018

Aging in place is a growing trend in Canada and many Canadians are beginning to treat home renovations as an ideal opportunity to future proof their homes. Aging in place is about creating spaces where you can live safely for as long as you’re able. The earlier you start thinking about the accessibility of your home, the more confident and prepared you will be to handle changes in mobility, sight and overall health.

If you’re considering a renovation or remodel, it’s important that you think about your future needs as much as your current needs. You may not need grab bars in your shower now, but in the years to come they could be a vital safety precaution. If you want your renovation to last 10 or more years, it’s worth investing a little extra time and money on these added details. Design elements like a zero-clearance shower threshold, grab bars that look like decorative towel bars or additional lighting can easily be added into a renovation project. These kinds of adjustments may also increase the resale value of your home.

It’s also important to know that creating a safe, accessible and functional space doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. The increase in demand for aging in place within your home means there are new and exciting products on the market: grab bar that look like decorative towel bars, timed lighting that’s completely concealed and pre-made acrylic shower bases often have seats already built in.

Here are some other things that you’ll want to consider for future proofing your home:

Bathrooms

Kitchens

To incorporate added functionality into your home that will allow you to age in place, work with a qualified interior designer to ensure your space meets both your current and future needs. And make sure to choose home products that blend style, functionality, and durability to increase the longevity of your space.