Designing For Aging In Place Homes

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | Posted by Nikki Scalia-Savard

With baby boomers making up nearly a quarter of the current U.S. population, the ability for those nearing retirement to live safely and independently in their homes is more important than ever. Simple aging in place design choices can have a potentially lifesaving impact for those who wish to live out their golden years in the comfort of their own home – without sacrificing style or aesthetics.

Getting Started With Aging In Place Design Solutions


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Slip Resistant Floors

According to the National Council On Aging, falls are the leading cause of injuries for older adults. The risk for a fall can be greatly reduced by choosing porcelain floor tiles that are DCOF safety tested and gripped finishes that are certified for slip-resistance. Tile can be used in virtually any room of the home for a safe option that provides peace of mind for everyday living.


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High-Contrast Edges

Decreases in vision and depth perception can also have a major impact on the wellbeing of senior citizens who choose to live independently. When designing for the bath, shower or transitional areas of the home opt for high-contrast borders that make it clear where one surface ends and another begins.


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Open Concept Floor Plans

Single level homes with combined kitchen/dining/living areas have fewer twists, turns and doorways that make maneuvering around easier and more efficient. With gradual hearing loss occurring in 1/3 of adults over the age of 65, open floor plans also enhance the ability for those to see gestures versus relying on their hearing for communicating within the home.


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Built-in Shower Benches

It’s essential for adults to stay safe and comfortable while bathing, but removable shower seats aren’t always the most sightly option for home bathrooms. Walk-in showers with built-in benches provide a customizable solution for those who desire both safety and style.


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Easy to Clean Surfaces

Hygienic, easy to clean surfaces make living independently that much easier and enjoyable. Porcelain countertops, ceramic wall tile and porcelain floor tile are among the easiest options to keep clean, with dust, dirt, germs and spills easily wiped away using your favorite disinfectant solution.

Ready to get started on your project? Contact Garden State Tile today!