Home modifications for the elderly

access-rampAs the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement and the latter stages of their lifespan, there will be a significant increase in demand for accessible housing. Single level houses on relatively flat land that feature an open plan design will be in demand as we are going to see an increased proportion of the population experiencing mobility restraints to varying degrees.

But before placing your family home on the market, it might be worth looking at modifications and alterations that can be made to your existing home to accommodate the new circumstances rather than investing in a new home. Builder Scott Darmanin here at VIP Access has designed and created innovative solutions to homes that have enabled elderly and disabled to feel a larger extent of independence.

When modifying your home, it is essential to create solution that creates a safer environment where the occupants can perform everyday tasks independently regardless of physical ability. When modifying homes for the elderly, the first step is to look at accessibility issues, whether there is sufficient space to access the different areas, turning areas as well as removing all obstacles.

Areas that may need modifying include:

  • Hallway
  • Doorways
  • Entrance
  • Garage space

Other areas that will need amendments for increased usability, safety and mobility include:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry

As a wheelchair user himself, Scott is able to notice all the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities, note areas of improvement and recommend innovative solutions that are practical while at the same time aesthetically pleasing.

Scott understands the needs of people with disabilities and treats them with dignity and respect. He gets the job done as quickly as possible and is willing to listen to the needs of families. I would highly recommend his expertise and skills.
Vivienne Sawina