Aging in Place

As we age, our needs change, which is why it is so important to ensure your home is ready to transition into maturity with you. Here are a few things to consider as you renovate your home.

MOVE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM 

Stairs can become a major obstacle and a potential safety hazard. Moving a basement laundry room upstairs is a must but can be a costly project to undertake. The Saniswift by Saniflo provides a feasible solution to this dilemma with their advanced pump technology that allows you to install a laundry room anywhere in your home, without invasive construction. A spare bedroom or even a closet on the main floor can be transformed into a laundry room without the hassle of major plumbing work!

Photo Source: Saniflo

UPGRADE YOUR LIGHTING

Consider future lighting issues that may arise. For instance, choose rocker switches that are easier on arthritic hands and ensure there are plenty of lighting options to brighten the room if eye sight depreciates. If you have the budget for it, motion sensor activated light switches can make a huge difference when maneuvering the home at night.

Photo Source: Adorne Timer Switch, Living Lighting

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLOOR

As you’re updating your flooring, ensure that flooring is installed with flush transitions from room to room. Avoid hard flooring like ceramic or stone and high gloss finishes that might be slippery. Instead, opt for easy-to-clean, hassle-free materials like cork, vinyl or linoleum. Avoid wall-to-wall carpet as it can be difficult to clean as your mobility decreases. Instead, opt for throw rugs that can be easily removed if they become an issue in the future.

We love this new flooring which offers the safety of cork with the designer look of hardwood! Photo Source: TORLYS Floors

SEATED SHOWER

If you love a good shower, ensure it is something you can enjoy for years to come by opting for a shower base with a built-in seat. Pair this with a hand shower installed within easy reach of the seat. Later, when mobility becomes an issue, simply have a handrail installed for added support and you’ll be able to continue to enjoy your shower!

Photo Source: Fleurco

Written by Canadian Home Trends

Canadian Home Trends

Canadian Home Trends magazine gives you a personal tour of the most stunning homes and condos across Canada. You’ll be inspired by a selection of accessible home décor products, trend reports, simple yet stylish DIY projects, and much more. In each issue, you are given the tools to recreate designer spaces you’ve always dreamt of having at home, in-depth renovation and design advice, colour palette and furniture pairings, and Canada’s best places to shop.

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