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Aging In Place Remodeling


When it comes to remodeling for a senior lifestyle, the team at Kitchens by Oaks is your aging-in-place expert. Our team understands the particular needs of seniors and are committed to creating safe and independent living spaces. A 2024 Forbes article states that 92% of older adults prefer to stay in their homes as they age. In many cases, renovations, especially kitchens and bathrooms, are necessary for this to happen.


Understanding Aging in Place

Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age or physical condition. Often, the home environment must be modified to cater to the evolving needs of homeowners as they age. Rather than relocating to assisted living or nursing homes, aging in place empowers seniors to remain independent in familiar surroundings.


Why Opt for Aging in Place Remodeling?

As individuals age, everyday tasks may become increasingly difficult due to reduced mobility, balance issues, or health concerns. By proactively remodeling your home for aging in place, you can address these challenges before they cause problems and create a safe living space that fosters independence.


Start With a Safety Walkthrough

The first step is to take stock of the current state of the home to identify potential safety hazards and future obstacles in the senior’s home. This inspection must be done periodically as the individual ages and experiences behavioral or physical changes. Our printable home safety checklist is a great place to start.


DIY What You Can

The checklist contains various improvements for senior living. Start by completing the items you can do yourself. This will give you a better idea of what you need professional help with. 

Some items on the list require the expertise of Kitchens by Oaks’s team. Our designers will evaluate the home with aging-in-place in mind. They will produce an easy-to-understand plan with 3D renderings of the rooms requiring renovations, and they’ll explain everything thoroughly.


Keep Aging-in-Place in Mind

There are four key considerations for aging-in-place remodeling: accessibility, safety, comfort, and technology integration.


Ensure easy access to essential areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Remodeling may include grab bars, wheelchair ramps, and widened doorways to allow easy movement through the home.


Falls can pose a significant risk for seniors, but many can be prevented with the right home modifications. Consider installing non-slip flooring, bright movement-sensing lighting, and handrails.


Of course, comfort is essential for those aging in place. Kitchens by Oaks can enhance comfort by incorporating features such as walk-in showers, adjustable countertops, and easy-grip door handles.

Technology Integration

Modern tech integration can enhance safety and convenience. These home improvements may include smart home automation, remote monitoring systems, or emergency alert devices.

Throughout the remodeling process, keep the senior(s), their abilities, and their goals in mind. While the current bathroom may seem fine to some, they may struggle with it as they age. The ultimate goal is to allow the homeowner to live safely and comfortably in their home for as long as possible.


Kitchens by Oaks Remodeling

At Kitchens by Oaks, we’re dedicated to helping seniors stay in familiar surroundings as they age. We have solutions for the whole house that will help keep them safe and comfy. Call us at 585.349.8100 to get started on a plan for you or a loved one planning on aging in place.

Author | Sierra Zaremba, General Manager