When people think about home remodeling, they usually think of room extensions, changing kitchen cabinets or renovating an old house. However, you would be surprised to know that there is an entirely new sector of people needing their homes renovated. This sector is no other than the elderly.
According to a report released by CNN, the number of homes that are renovated to suit the needs of the elderly is on the rise. Even the National Association of Home Builders has acknowledged that this type of home remodel is one of the fastest segments in the industry. A recent study conducted by NAHB concluded that seventy five percent of all companies doing home renovations have experienced an increase in requests made by the so-called aging-in-place crowd.
The NAHB Remodelers Council also offers its Certified Aging-in-place program, which specializes in educating industry professionals about the proper methods of modifying homes to suit the needs of elders. This program was first introduced back in 2002 and has now become very popular. Up to now, over a thousand participants have been registered and have completed the program successfully.
Statistics prove that most elderly people prefer staying at home. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) states that approximately 83 percent of people above 45 are homeowners. Among them, 75 percent were hoping to stay in their homes for the remainder of their lives. Out of that, 51 percent had decided to make the appropriate renovations to make such a thing happen.
There are many families that invite their elderly relatives to live with them and extend a part of their houses to suit the change. Such changes include the widening of doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, adding support bars to bathrooms, and lowering bathtub walls. Some people simply update their homes just because the home looks old.
But the going trend today is to do all of the above in style. If you too are contemplating a home remodel, it is important to think about the future. The simple changes you make today can be useful to you in the following years to come.
When renovating your home, you should keep some things in mind in order to accommodate your physical changes that would occur over time. It is best to remodel your home so that you are able to live on the ground floor, because it would be difficult for you to climb upstairs once you reach a certain age. But, if you decide to use the stairs, it is best to eliminate sloping sidewalks for extra safety.
When doing a bedroom remodel, it is better to add drawers where possible instead of adding the usual cupboards. Floor remodeling can include an attractive low-pile carpet or hardwood flooring. For safety, it is better to place light switches lower than normal and electrical outlets a bit higher than the usual. You could find out more through your local building contractor, or simply by going online and making use of the resources on the internet for a successful home renovation.