Sun-soaked days in Naples, Florida, are a true slice of paradise, especially when you’re enjoying them during your golden years. However, as we age, our homes should adapt to our changing needs. This is where my expertise comes in. I, Brack, help design homes that are not only stylish and comfortable but also safe. Together, we’ll explore how we can transform your home with essential safety features for aging in place.
Bathroom Safety: More than Just Rubber Ducks
Bathroom safety is crucial, especially as we grow older. Many accidents happen in the bathroom, but they can be prevented with some key modifications.
Install Grab Bars: They’re not Just for Subway Cars
Grab bars are a small feature that can make a big difference in your home. They provide the support you need when navigating the bathroom. No more grabbing onto unstable shower curtains or slippery sink tops! Modern grab bars come in a variety of styles and finishes, and we can install them in strategic locations, ensuring you have a solid grip where you need it most.
Walk-In Showers: Because Tub Leaps are for Olympic Athletes
The traditional tub can pose a significant hazard for seniors, with high ledges that are tricky to step over. Walk-in showers eliminate this risk, with low or no curbs for easy access. We can design them to be spacious, well-lit, and incorporate features such as a bench or chair for secure seating during bathing. You’ll get the luxury feel of a spa right in your home, without any of the safety risks of traditional tubs.
Kitchen Adaptations: Cooking Up Accessibility
Our kitchens are often the heart of the home, but they can also pose challenges as we age. With a few key modifications, you can continue to enjoy cooking and dining in your kitchen without worry.
Adjustable Countertops and Cabinets: Custom Comfort
Not everyone can reach the high shelves of standard kitchen cabinets, and traditional countertop heights can be difficult to work at when seated. To solve this, we can design adjustable countertops and cabinets that can be raised or lowered to the perfect height for you, whether you’re standing or seated.
Lever-Style Faucet Handles: Twist-Free Waterworks
Replacing traditional round knobs with lever-style faucet handles can make using your sink much easier. These handles require less strength and precision to operate and are much easier for arthritic hands to handle. Plus, they can be paired with anti-scald devices that prevent the water from getting too hot and causing burns.
Lighting Considerations: A Bright Idea
As we age, our vision may not be what it used to be. Good lighting is essential to help prevent falls and make it easier to perform everyday tasks.
Bright, Even Lighting: Clear as Day
I can help ensure your home is well-lit, especially in crucial task areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Good lighting helps prevent accidents and makes it easier to carry out everyday tasks. Under-cabinet lights can also be installed in your kitchen to provide bright, focused light on your workspace.
Night Lights: Guiding Lights
A well-placed night light can make all the difference when navigating your home after dark. These low-level lights provide just enough illumination to guide you, without disturbing your sleep. We can install night lights in key areas like the bathroom and hallways, and even use models that turn on automatically when the room gets dark, so you never have to fumble for a light switch again.
Outdoor Areas: Safe under the Sun
Your outdoor space should be just as safe and accessible as the inside of your home. Let’s look at how we can make that happen.
Handrails and Ramps: On the Right Track
Steps can pose a significant trip hazard, especially for those with mobility issues. By installing sturdy handrails or even ramps, we can make navigating your outdoor spaces much safer and easier.
Smooth Pathways: A Stroll in the Park
Smooth, well-lit paths are essential for safe navigation around your property. We can ensure all outdoor pathways are free from trip hazards like loose stones or uneven surfaces, making your garden a place of relaxation, not stress.
The Bottom Line
Our goal is to make your golden years truly golden, with a home that adapts to your needs as you age. With these design considerations and safety features, you can maintain your independence and continue to enjoy your beautiful Naples home for many years to come. Reach out to All About The Mix today. Let’s work together to create a home that’s not only beautiful but cares for you too.