Thinking Elder People

Pocket doors

Mobility into and through your home. There is a very high chance that you, or someone you live with, will eventually use a wheelchair for periods of time. At the very least, as you get older you will have more difficulty getting around and steps will become a significant barrier. Even if you never need to use a wheelchair, you may wish to make better use of grocery bag carts, strollers, wheeled trash cans, wheeled luggage, and a variety of other conveniences. All these devices are stopped cold by steps and, like wheelchairs, are difficult to maneuver in tight spaces once inside the home. So there are two things to aim for: eliminating steps and creating maneuvering room. One of the simplest ways to make your home easier to live in is to make at least one entrance to the main living level accessible without going up or down steps. This may mean rerouting or regrading the front walk and porch. If you do this rerouting or regrading when you are having the walk replaced anyway, there will be little additional cost. Inside the home, there usually aren’t many steps that can be easily eliminated. If you add an addition, just make sure you don’t make it necessary to use steps to get into it! Another approach that works well is to prepare for single-level living. As you make changes over the years, seek to give yourself the option of living entirely on one level, even if only temporarily. Make sure you have a full bath, a kitchen, and a bedroom all on one level. If you have no bedroom on the kitchen level, consider installing pocket doors in your living room or dining room. Pocket doors are doors that hide away in the wall when not in use. When closed, they can convert a room into a private, temporary bedroom. Having laundry facilities on the same level is a big plus.

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Controlling the Mess

Home Remodeling

Home remodeling

Remodeling is the best and cheapest way to have the home you want without moving. No secret there, but often people aren’t ready to have their kitchen torn up or bathroom out of commission while contractors are doing the remodel. This is a necessary evil, but if you prepare for it domestically as well as mentally, it will make the experience less painful. If you are the type of person who is always running behind everyone with a Dustbuster and a wet rag, then having a constant mess in your house will bother you more than most. A good idea to keep your sanity is to buy some carpet pieces and lay them on your floors wherever the contractors will be walking. This will keep dust and dirt off your floors while they are walking back and forth to their trucks, and then you can put them away when they leave. If it’s possible, determine a spot where your contractors can make a mess. Ex, if they need to saw a board or sand something, anything that will kick up dust, if you can contain the dust, there will be less to clean. If they can use your garage, this is often the best place for this kind of work. Also, have a large trash can for your contractors to use.If you work during the day, this is obviously a good time to have contractors get to work. But most of the time, someone is home or children are coming in at all hours. Decide before work begins if you have a set time for professionals to be working on your home. Maybe you live in a secluded area and the noise, at any hour, won’t bother your neighbors so your contractors can work from 6am to 7pm. It also might be the case that you only want them working from 8 to 5 so that you don’t have the distraction when you get home. Tell your service professionals your time needs.

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