Home Modifications for Seniors that Look Good

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Home Modifications for Seniors that Improve Safety but Also Look Good

I’m not old, and I Don’t Want My Home to Look it!

As seniors feel their mobility start to decrease, they may begin looking into ways to modify their homes to make them safer, allowing them to stay in their beloved homes comfortably for many years to come. However, though they may know something needs to be done, some of the options out there may just not appeal, causing seniors to despair.

“I am not old and don’t need a stairlift!” is one of the war cries of the Boomer generation, as is “I don’t want my rooms to look like a hospital!”

A Changing Home Modification Market

As the developers of products in the Aging in Place sector start to listen to their target market’s concerns, they have become increasingly aware of the concern surrounding how products fit into existing homes and the aesthetics of any changes made.

In fact, Jim Closs, National Director of Age Safe Canada, a national organization focused on safe ageing in place, explains that “I have seen many iterations of successful and failed product launches in my 30 years of making homes safe. In this time, the common denominator that makes products successful has been clear: their looks. Despite the overwhelming need for safety, clients want things that look as though they are part of the home. House pride is a very strong component of any renovation, so it is important that the products fall in line with these thoughts.”

With the looks of products playing such an important role in their success and being such a primary concern, it has become clear that only one solution will help ensure that the primary outcome of safety is reached without compromising the carefully planned look of an established home: innovation.

Options of Home Modifications that Look Good

Of the options available, ancillary products such as grab bars and railings are becoming more attractive as consumers realize that they have a choice in materials, locations and overall looks, allowing them to mould their home modifications to meet their tastes and homes. However, though grab bars provide stability, help maintain balance and lessen fatigue, they don’t solve one of the biggest mobility challenges faced in a home: the stairs. Though there are several options to overcome this barrier, one of the most popular is a stairlift. However, though they are customizable to a certain extent using different fabrics and designs, it’s very difficult to seamlessly make a stairlift blend into a home, leading to many homeowners looking for a different, more discrete, more attractive option.

Homelifts: an attractive solution to the problem that is stairs

shaftless home elevator
Opting for products that blend into a home will naturally lead to gorgeous, smart designs. One such product is a home elevator, or Homelift, which fits easily into a home thanks to its small footprint and because it does not require a hoistway or shaft. This combination of features allows for a homelift to be installed in a wide variety of rooms and environments, neatly and efficiently solving the problem posed by stairs and keeping us safe as we age in place. The flexibility of installation gives homeowners many options with a Homelift, ranging from having it on full display as a fully-fledged part of a home or hidden in a bedroom or den, available only to them.
As such, a homelift is the perfect answer for any homeowner looking for alternatives to products they think make them look old, providing a discrete option that adds value to a home rather than detracting it, providing years of freedom and enjoyment of an entire home.

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