The Baby Boomer generation is getting older. In 2017, the youngest will be 52 and the oldest will be 71. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 the number of individuals ages 65 and up is expected to be twice as large as it was in 2000, growing to 71.5 million and representing nearly 20 percent of the population. Moreover, multiple generations are choosing to live under one roof for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to millennial cultural values.
Given these trends, it's essential to create a safe home to accommodate everyone's wants and needs. According to a major home improvement center study, 60 percent of Boomers plan to stay in their existing homes for some time, and remodeling and home improvement rank high on their to-do lists. The following are some home projects you can expect Boomers to tackle in order to keep their homes safe and accessible.
As one of the most often used rooms in the home, the bathroom is a great place to undertake remodeling for safety and independence. Projects such as custom closet configurations, adjusting mirror and toilet heights and installing roll-under sinks and angled mirrors can help Boomers keep their bathrooms safe.
To help prevent slipping, Tub Grab Bars offer additional support to people of all ages in getting into and out of the tub. They are a good idea, not just for the homeowners, but for grandchildren and other extended family members as well. The latest tub grip product designs feature an easy-locking lever to ensure a tight fit to most tubs without harming the tub surface and offer easy, no-tool installation and removal in seconds. Shower chairs are another safe, showering option for bathers that can be easily installed or removed as needed.
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Today, homeowners not only need secure safety products for their bathroom, but want ones that blend and complement a variety of decors. Though the grab bars of the past were largely considered unsightly or institutional, today they are an example of a product that can compliment a variety of decors without compromising style. SecureMount Grab Bars from Home Care by Moen are an ideal choice since they feature a unique anchor installation system that allows homeowners the ability to install grab bars quickly and easily anywhere on the wall without the need for a stud for the ultimate in safety and peace of mind. Plus, they are available in a variety of styles and finishes to beautifully coordinate with the rest of the bathroom.
In addition to the bath, Boomers will be looking to update the rest of their homes to make them safer. Improvements such as expanding doorways and lowering countertops/sink areas not only help wheelchair-bound individuals, but also help people who are carrying groceries, etc.
Consolidating essential appliances and living areas to one vicinity of the home is another way people 65 and older are modifying their homes. Adding a first floor bathroom, installing a first-floor water turnoff and washer or dryer allow easy access for any family member.
By making these improvements, you'll not only help to create a safe and stylish home, but one you'll want stay in and enjoy for years to come!