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Aging in Place

Aging in Place

As people age, it becomes more difficult for them to move through homes and public spaces easily. Reduced vision, reduced muscle mass and strength, and joint stiffness can make it difficult for older people to climb stairs, reach high shelves and cabinets, and step into showers and bathtubs.

When an older person is in a wheelchair, these difficulties are magnified. Sometimes, it is necessary to make substantial renovations to a home in order to make it possible for the individual to remain living in the home. If you share your home with a loved one with mobility issues, speak with an experienced builder about how you can renovate your home to make it more accessible for him or her.

Remodeling your Home to be ADA-compliant

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) created legal guidelines for public buildings to follow in order to make them accessible to individuals with disabilities. These requirements include wheelchair ramps and door width requirements to make it possible for wheelchair-bound individuals to move through them.

  • There are also ADA guidelines that homeowners can follow to make their homes more accessible for disabled and mobility-impaired individuals. These include:
  • Replacing entry steps with a wheelchair ramp. The ramp should be no more than 30 inches tall and have a slope of 1:12 to 1:16. All landing should be flat and have a 60-inch clearance on all sides;
  • Bathrooms can be remodeled with ADA-compliant fixtures like taller toilets and walk-in bathtubs. Sinks can also be modified to make it easier for all individuals to use the faucet. Roll-in showers can also be installed for individuals in wheelchairs;
  • Doorways should be at least 32 inches wide;
  • In the kitchen, countertops can be lowered to make them accessible to an individual in a wheelchair;
  • Slick floors should be replaced with textured flooring to reduce slip and fall risks; and
  • Stairs can be outfitted with motorized chairs to make it possible for the individual to access all levels of his or her home.

Additional Ways to Make your Home Safer for Older Residents

Sometimes, a full remodel of your home is not feasible. When this is the case, other ways you can make your home more accessible to an older resident include:

  • Moving his or her bedroom to the first floor to eliminate the need for him or her to use the stairs;
  • Ensuring that all handrails are secure;
  • Installing touch-free light fixtures; and
  • Buying a portable exterior ramp to use alongside your steps.

Create an ADA-compliant Room with an Experienced Indiana Construction Company

As we age, our needs change. We often need to have our living spaces adapted for our comfort and safety. To learn more about how you can remodel your home to make it a safer environment for your aging loved ones, contact our team of construction professionals at Doppler Construction, Inc. today to schedule your free consultation with us.


If you have questions or would like a free estimate we’d love to hear from you. Call us today at 219-661-1011 to see what Doppler Construction can do for you and your family.

(219) 661-1011
1027 E. Summit St.
Crown Point, IN 46307
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