The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the population of individuals age 65 and higher will reach 83.7 million by 2050. That’s nearly double the projected population of 43.1 million in 2012. The increasing number of seniors who want to stay in their own place instead of a nursing home contributes to the growing need for accessible homes.
So, it’s important to ensure that your home is aging-in-place ready.
Installing lowered windows or taller windows with lower sills is very important, especially on the ground level. Egress is essential during emergencies.
More Windows, More Natural Light
The brighter your home is, the easier it is to see what you’re doing. Your vision tends to experience a lot of changes as you age, making lighting more important as you get older. Consider adding numerous windows to the house as well as sliding French doors into your home if possible.
When choosing windows, consider styles that are easy to operate. For instance, casement windows open by turning a crank, making them easy to open and close for those with postural or mobility problems. Another option is sliding windows that open by pushing the sashes to the side, which can be convenient for individuals who have weak motor skills.
Levers on Windows
It would be easier for someone who has arthritis to open and close windows with levers. You can also open these windows using the hips, knees or elbows.
Low-Maintenance Window Frames
Go for a window frame material that doesn’t require as much maintenance, such as the Renewal by Andersen® Fibrex® material. Fibrex is not only durable and energy-efficient, but also virtually maintenance-free and twice as strong as vinyl.
At Renewal by Andersen of Arkansas, we are your leading provider of energy-efficient windows and doors. We offer quality window and fiberglass entry door replacement services. Call us at (479) 431-3555, or complete our contact form to request a free consultation. We cater to homeowners in Springdale, AR, and surrounding areas.