Study Says Remodeling Prevents Falls; Preparation an Even Better Solution

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Nov, 2016
A study in New Zealand suggests remodeling may prevents falls, and home improvements could be a worthwhile investment for older adults, helping them to not only reduce injuries, but in turn their medical costs. The study shows a 33% reduction in medical spending related to falls. Thinking Ahead An even better plan than waiting to […] The post Study Says Remodeling Prevents Falls; Preparation an Even Better Solution appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
A study in New Zealand suggests remodeling may prevents falls, and home improvements could be a worthwhile investment for older adults, helping them to not only reduce injuries, but in turn their medical costs. The study shows a 33% reduction in medical spending related to falls.

Thinking Ahead

An even better plan than waiting to remodel during the later years is for younger to middle age adults to focus their home remodeling and home building efforts on aging in place. Unfortunately, 78% of homeowners have not remodeled their homes in preparation for aging. Yet, 61% of homeowners age 55 years old and older, plan to stay in their home indefinitely.
Remodeling to age in place can improve a homeowner’s chance at enjoying their home at all ages. The cost of considering aging and disability accommodations can be cheaper and easier while you are in the building stages than having to remodel later. Or if remodeling a home to provide accommodations, it’s easier to complete the changes before they are urgently necessary.

Simple changes to make your home more livable for many years to come:

  • Place the washer and dryer on the main level.
  • Install pocket doors or wider doors in case you or a family member needs to use a wheelchair or a walker.
  • Improve the lighting on both the interior and the exterior.
  • Install a zero-step entry outdoors
  • Add handrails to steps and staircases
  • Install slip-resistant surfacing on steps and other outside areas such as decks
  • Add grab rails in bathrooms
  • Install lever handles on faucets, doors and windows
  • Select a cooktop with front controls
  • Install a curbless shower with a handheld showerhead
  • Choose remote-controlled products, such as window shades
  • Install shelves at a height you can reach them without standing on a stool or ladder.
If you’re building a home, some of our plans incorporate aging in place design including the Country Living Plan and the Tulip Tree Lane Plan .
We also recommend reading the following books for ideas on how to make your home more livable at all stages of life:
Knack Universal Design : A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible Living »
Universal Design for the Home : Great-looking, Great-living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstance s »
This guide from the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology is also helpful:

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