Do the words
"aging in place" and "home improvement" conjure images of
institutional-looking grab bars in bathrooms and overhead kitchen lights that
could illuminate an airport runway? Many people eschew certain types of home
improvements for the same reason others refuse to wear hearing aids - the
negative connotations of age.
in mobility, vision, hearing and stability are a reality of growing older for
many Americans. Certain types of home improvements can make your home safer and
more comfortable as you age, allowing you to live there longer. From lovely
skylights that fill rooms with vision-friendly natural light and fresh air to
slip-resistant flooring in designer colors, those "aging in place"
home improvements can be beautiful as well as functional.
are a handful of aging-in-place upgrades that shout "fabulous"
instead of "fogey":
spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, and it's the room where we also do
the most work. Upgrades that improve your ability to reach important
appliances, enhance vision and boost safety will help you use your kitchen more
efficiently for as long as possible.
vision changes can necessitate increasing the amount of light in your kitchen.
Task lights and under-cabinet lighting can focus illumination where you need it
most, and hide discretely out of sight without disrupting the clean lines and
unmarked beauty of kitchen cabinets.
lighting is also important, but rather than opting for industrial-type lights
that may cause harsh glare, consider introducing natural light. Research
published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that natural light
may be better for aging eyes than artificial light. A skylight is an upscale,
beautiful home improvement that can benefit boomers with natural light.
can also help improve indoor air quality. Most exposure to environmental
pollution occurs by breathing indoor air, according to research by the
Greenguard Environmental Institute. No leak solar powered fresh air skylights,
like those made by Velux America, not only provide healthful natural light,
they also provide passive ventilation to reduce fumes, humidity and stale air -
improving overall indoor air quality.
can increase a skylight's energy efficiency with solar powered blinds. The
complete daylighting system, plus installation, is eligible for a 30 percent
federal tax credit. To learn more about these Energy Star-qualified skylights,
visit www.veluxusa.com. The website offers a skylight planner app to show you
exactly how skylights and blinds will look in your home, as well as a tax
credit calculator to figure your savings.
are a leading cause of injuries that result in hospitalization of older people.
Most falls in the home occur in the bathroom, so taking precautions in this
much-used room makes sense. Like them or not, grab bars improve safety in the
bathroom. Fortunately, bathroom fixture manufacturers seem to understand the
need for products that blend safety and beauty. It's now easy to find grab bars
in a variety of attractive finishes and designs that complement your interior
is also important in the bath, and a fresh air skylight can be beneficial in
this room. Skylights provide natural light and passive ventilation while
ensuring privacy in the bath. If your bathroom is on the ground floor, without
direct roof access, you can still enjoy natural light by installing a Sun
Tunnel tubular skylight.
is another opportunity to blend beauty and practicality in the bathroom.
Replacing slick, traditional ceramic tiles with slip-resistant flooring such as
stone, vinyl or textured ceramic tile, can be visually pleasing and
safety-enhancing at the same time.
from the car to the front door can be fraught with peril for older folks, yet
many people dislike the way certain assistive devices, like ramps, look in
front of their home. If you're not ready to add a ramp, a decorative railing
for outdoor stairs is a great alternative. It's easy to find good-looking
options and virtually any home contractor can help you create a railing that
meets your safety needs and meshes well with your home's exterior design.
lighting is also important for safety. Make sure walkways are well lit with low
lamps that put illumination directly at your feet. New high-output solar lights
are a great way to effectively light a path while minimizing energy costs.
Finally, keep concrete sidewalks and brick pavements in good repair. Take care
of uneven spots or loose pavers right away, to reduce the risk of falling
outside. Karen Venier is a Broker Associate at Keller Williams.
She is a part of Carr Peck Group which has been recognized locally and
nationally as in expert in real estate. Locally they are
6th in Denver Metro home sales out of 5,000 agents and have
been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends as one of the top
selling agents in America. For more information feel free to contact heror
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