Motorized blinds can help older adults create age-friendly homes

Feb 2 2011

Motorized blinds can help older adults create age-friendly homes
Motorized blinds can help older adults create age-friendly homes
Many baby boomers are modifying their homes so that they can live in them during their golden years, but this trend is catching some by surprise because of how subtle these new renovations are, according to BuilderOnline.com.

Instead of grab rails that may interfere with a room's aesthetics, homeowners are opting to install towel racks that can hold linens but also act as a good place for one to lean into, in case they need extra support.

In the kitchen, pull-out shelves underneath the microwave are proving to be a popular way for individuals to immediately place a meal that's too hot to handle. Thresholds are also being taken out of homes, so that there are stepless entries in front halls, bathrooms and other spaces. This makes each room more accessible for those with limited mobility and can also accommodate wheelchairs.

Those who are trying to renovate their homes to be age-friendly may also want to invest in safer window treatments. Motorized blinds can be opened and closed by a switch, so one doesn't have to walk through a dark room just to raise them.

By doing this, homeowners can guarantee that they don't have to risk falling over something just to let in some sunshine.
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