There comes a time when you may become responsible for or must take care of an aging family member. Sometimes with this new responsibility, comes the possibility of having the family member move into your home. If this is the case, you might be considering adding a home addition to increase the size, privacy, and comfort of your home. Below are some tips and considerations to keep in mind when building a home addition for your relatives.
- Limit Stairs. While stairs may not be an issue now, mobility may be an issue for your relative, and stairs may become a tiring or even impossible task over time. When designing your home addition, you will want to plan for all possibilities, such as if your relative requires a walker or wheelchair.
- Increase Accessibility. One thing that may get overlooked is increasing the safety of your home by installing grab bars near the toilet, shower, and bath. When remodeling a bathroom, you may also want to consider a walk-in shower with a seat, to make showering easy and accessible.
- Reduce Carpets and Rugs. You might not realize it, but rugs can be a tripping hazard. Carpets may also make it difficult for your relative to get around if they require mobility assistance and use a walker or wheelchair. Hardwood or laminate floors are an easy solution to this problem.
- Plan for Comfort. As much as you will want to make sure your home addition is safe, accessible, and easy for mobility, you will want to plan a design that is comfortable and includes all living essentials. Talk to your family member about what they need in a living space and make sure everyone is on the same page. This will make any type of renovation and living situation easy and comfortable.