Remodeling to Accommodate Live-In Elderly Parents

About the Author: David Perrotti

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, is a Bestselling Home Improvement Author on Amazon, and constantly seeks to reinvent the remodeling industry. As a veteran of the Army and Air Force, Dave operates his business, Fine Home Contracting, on the core army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Many Connecticut families find themselves needing to accommodate elderly parents moving into their homes full-time. Remodeling to create safe, accessible, and comfortable spaces tailored to their needs makes multigenerational living easier. Smart changes provide independence and support successful aging in place.

Assess Physical and Cognitive Needs

Identify any mobility limitations, health issues, or memory difficulties requiring design adaptations. Assess needs for grab bars, wheelchair access, regulating lighting and noise, simplifying storage and environments, and managing access to potential dangers.

Design for Safety and Accessibility

The remodel should reduce fall risks and make your home easy to navigate. Install grab bars, replace slippery floors, widen doorways, create step-free access, and accommodate limited mobility. Focus on bathroom modifications, non-slip flooring, and grab bars/handrails throughout the home.

Create a Comfortable Private Suite

Design a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and custom storage tailored to their needs and style. Accommodate medical equipment needs and potential one-level living limitations. Create a relaxing respite from shared spaces to support hobbies and activities.

Remodel Shared Spaces

Also modify main living areas to improve safety, accessibility, and family connections. Create an open concept kitchen, make laundry room accommodations, and design flexible multipurpose rooms for joint activities.

Additional Reading

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Conclusion

Welcoming elderly parents into your Connecticut home requires balancing independence and community. Smart remodeling tailored to physical and cognitive needs provides safety and accessibility while allowing everyone to comfortably share daily life. With thoughtful design and quality accessibility-focused construction, your remodel can successfully accommodate multigenerational living.

Are there specific design approaches that are beneficial for home modifications?2024-02-12T17:15:03+00:00

Universal design principles, which aim to make spaces accessible to all regardless of age or ability, are particularly beneficial in these modifications.  Universal design principles in accessible remodeling focus on creating spaces that are usable and effective for everyone, regardless of age, size, ability, or disability. This approach includes features like wide, level entrances without steps to accommodate all users, including those with mobility aids; doors with lever handles instead of knobs for easier operation by people with limited hand strength; open floor plans with ample turning space for wheelchairs; varied counter heights in kitchens and bathrooms to accommodate different user needs; and slip-resistant flooring to reduce fall risks.

What are the key features to consider for making a home more accessible?2024-02-12T17:13:52+00:00

Key features include wider doorways, no-step entries, walk-in showers with grab bars, lower kitchen counters, and lever-handled door knobs and faucets.

What does “aging in place” mean in home remodeling?2024-02-12T17:13:39+00:00

Aging in place refers to making modifications to a home to ensure individuals can live safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age or ability level.

How much does converting a garage to living space typically cost?2023-10-06T18:00:13+00:00

Converting an attached single garage typically runs $25,000-$45,000. It costs $5,000-$10,000 just to redo the garage door into a regular entrance. Upgrades quickly increase costs.

How much does an accessibility home remodel cost in Connecticut?2023-09-13T15:01:40+00:00

Basic upgrades like grab bars and Lever handles cost a few hundred dollars. Full accessible bathrooms start around $15,000. Extensive whole home remodels range from $50,000-$100,000+.

What are the best flooring choices when remodeling a home for elderly parents?2023-09-13T15:01:23+00:00

Avoid slippery floors. Opt for matte finish hardwood, low-pile carpets, slip-resistant tile, sheet vinyl, or vinyl plank floors.

How can I remodel my home for parents with dementia?2023-09-13T15:01:06+00:00

Simplify the environment. Use familiar furnishings. Install good lighting. Provide ample visual cues and reduce clutter that causes confusion. Secure potentially dangerous items.

What are the best home remodel ideas for elderly parents in Connecticut?2023-09-13T15:00:53+00:00

Focus on one-floor living, non-slip flooring, grab bars, wheelchair/walker friendly doorways, an accessible bathroom, and a private suite with bedroom and sitting area.

Can I receive financial assistance for home modifications through CAPS?2023-06-09T13:06:01+00:00

While CAPS does not provide financial assistance for home modifications, there are several programs available that can provide financial assistance or grants for such modifications. Your CAPS professional can help you identify these programs and assist you in the application process.

What are the benefits of hiring a CAPS professional?2023-06-09T13:04:26+00:00

Hiring a CAPS professional offers several benefits. These professionals have specialized training in understanding the unique needs of older adults, ensuring that modifications are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. They can help you achieve your aging in place goals while also increasing the value of your home. Using a CAPS certified contractor may also make you eligible for grants and cost reduction programs related to CAPS.

What types of modifications can CAPS professionals make to my home?2023-06-09T13:03:16+00:00

CAPS professionals can make a variety of modifications to your home, including installing grab bars and handrails, widening doors, installing stairlifts or elevators, improving lighting, and creating accessible bathrooms. These professionals are trained to provide modifications based on your unique needs and preferences.

What is the difference between aging in place and assisted living?2023-06-09T13:02:54+00:00

Aging in place refers to the ability to live independently and comfortably in your own home, while assisted living provides a more structured environment with care and assistance provided by professionals. Aging in place allows you to maintain your independence and freedom, while assisted living may be necessary if you require more support and care.

About the Author: David Perrotti

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, is a Bestselling Home Improvement Author on Amazon, and constantly seeks to reinvent the remodeling industry. As a veteran of the Army and Air Force, Dave operates his business, Fine Home Contracting, on the core army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

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