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Household fixes that can make it easier to age in place

Posted 25 April 2018 by Team Hudson

Look around your home. Is it easy to tell what things might cause difficulty as you get older?

If you’re considering aging in place in the comfort of your own home — or if you’re helping your mom or dad do the same — there are some changes we’ve noted over the years that should help make things easier and more pleasant down the road.

Lever door handles and faucets: These are easy to overlook when you’re young, but the older you get the more you realize just how daunting a hard-to-grip door or faucet knob can be. Replacing all knobs around the home with levers can be a hugely important part of an aging-in-place home remodel.

Better lighting and switches: Like round door knobs, small and/or complicated light switches can cause problems for the elderly. Instead, opt for large, paddle-style switches that are easier to manipulate. While we’re on the subject, it would be a good idea to consider overall lighting. As our eyes grow dim with age, a more well-lit house can help us avoid tricky obstacles. A remodel that includes larger windows and wide-open spaces can do wonders for eyesight.

Wider doorways: Speaking of spaces, are your doorways wide enough to easily fit a walker or wheelchair? Doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs, but often they’re only 28 inches or less. One key to successful aging in place is to remove potential barriers now so you don’t have to worry about them later.

No-step showers: Bathrooms are common places for falls. They’re often full of hard, slippery surfaces and slight changes in elevation that can catch people off guard. We’ve installed a number of step-free showers (such as Best Bath products) over the years, and our customers rave about them as a massive improvement, especially over bathtub showers that require complicated maneuvering to climb into and out of.

Bathroom grab bars: Strategically placed grab bars also can make a world of difference in a bathroom. Next to the toilet and near the entrance to the shower, specifically designed handholds can help ensure the elderly always stay balanced.

Step reduction: Is there a step up or down from the living room to the kitchen? How about from the driveway to the back door? Steps are among the largest trip hazards, and reducing them where possible is always a step up in safety.

Ground-floor bathroom and bedroom: Does your home (or your loved one’s home) have a ground-floor bathroom and bedroom? Single-level living is a major key to aging in place; you don’t want to be making multiple trips up and down long flights of stairs every day. If you have a multiple-story home, consider remodeling to put a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, along with the kitchen.

At Hudson Remodeling, we have years of experience converting Whatcom County houses to havens for those who want to grow old in their own homes, along with the awards and certifications to prove it. We would love to help you make your home a comfortable place to live for decades to come.

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Remodeling a small bathroom for barrier-free bathing

Posted 25 November 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson RemodelingBeing able to remain independent and live at home can be a strong part of one’s identity – independence is an important goal for many senior citizens and their loved ones. Aging-in-place is becoming more and more important, especially as the Baby Boomer generation moves through life and looks for ways to maintain their current lifestyle.

In most cases, living safely at home during the aging process means some remodeling work will need to happen, such as making a bathroom more accessible and safe. A licensed general contractor like Hudson Remodeling can help homeowners reach their goal of aging-in-place.

Retrofitting a bathroom doesn’t have to be a huge and expensive endeavor. Sometimes choosing to remodel a smaller bathroom (as featured in this article) in the home can be a more cost effective plan than paying to remodel an entire master suite.

Best Bath Systems, a company Hudson Remodeling has partnered with in 2014, has a wide array of bathtubs and shower units that are ideal for retrofitting even the smallest of bathrooms. Their professional grade units are all made in American and they offer features like strategically placed grab bars and a built-in shower seat that can make the task of bathing much easier.

Hudson RemodelingBest Bath shower units are designed to have a low threshold – this makes getting in and out of the shower much easier. The addition of overhead shower heads and flexible shower wants, allow for users to adjust the height to their specifics needs. Those features actually work well for all ages and abilities – from grandkids to adults with temporary injuries to senior citizens.

Maybe you’ve heard this quote: “We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan.” Making small adjustments to a home now, before there is an immediate need, can pave the way to safer living at home in the future.

If you or a loved one are considering how to maintain independence at home during the aging process, and would like to discuss how to make bathing areas safer, contact Hudson Remodeling. We can talk about barrier-free bathing options and design a home improvement plan that is just right for your Whatcom or Skagit County home.

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Best Bath Designer Series Products

Posted 27 October 2014 by Team Hudson

Aging in Place, Best Bath ProductsWhen you hear “barrier free bathing options” or “walk-in bathtubs”, what do you imagine? Do you picture plain bathtubs and showers that look very functional and institutional-looking, but have no style or decorative design?’

That’s what many of us imagine, because that is what many of us are used to seeing. But aging in place design has come a long way from the days of simply being functional.

Manufacturers have become savvy and are designing bathtubs and showers that are not only practical, but also come in a variety of beautiful, sleek and modern designs. That’s why we’ve stepped up to be a distributor of Best Bath Systems, one such manufacturer that designs stylish, and useful, bathroom fixtures for those looking for barrier free bathing options.

Best Bath Systems has an entire designer series that will meet your safety requirements and your unique style. The series includes grab bars in an array of acrylic jewel colors or classic metal finishes. Ceramic or glass tiles can be incorporated into the design of showers so the décor matches your entire bathroom.

Best Bath’s designer series also comes in a wide variety of sizes and arrangements, so finding one that fits your bathroom is easy – whether you want to place it in an existing tub footprint or expand the entire bathing area.

Best Bath ProductsAs a long-time Certified Aging in Place contractor, Hudson Remodeling has watched the evolution of barrier-free bath products – we like the direction manufacturers are going.

Installing beautiful and useful walk-in bathtubs and showers with grab bars so people can continue to live independently in their homes as they age is a proud part of Hudson Remodeling. We can renovate homes in which people can live comfortably without having to give up style.

If you, a parent or grandparent is considering options for aging in place, contact us. We’ll help you choose the Best Bath product that fits your design tastes and helps maintain the safety of your home.

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Walk-in bath tubs

Posted 25 September 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-BathFor people of all ages with impaired mobility, getting in and out of a bathtub can not only be challenging, it can also be dangerous. The good news is that there is a solution that allows people to continue enjoying a bath experience without the danger of stepping over the edge of a tub onto slippery surfaces.

Hudson Remodeling is a proud distributor of Best Bath Systems products – they can incorporate walk-in tubs and barrier-free shower units into bathroom remodeling projects in the greater Bellingham, WA area.

Thanks to companies like Best Bath Systems, the overall design and function of walk-in bathtubs has improved in recent years – the bathing solutions they offer provide a more luxurious and comfortable bathing experience.

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-bath-BellinghamWhy choose a walk-in tub? How about the fact that they are twice the depth of traditional tubs. They also come in a variety of designs, include features like a contoured heated seat, grab-bars and non-skid flooring. Hudson Remodeling helps their customers find a bathing unit that matches both the desired function as well as the style of their bathroom.

Cleaning walk-in units is easier than cleaning traditional tubs because homeowners do not need to extend over the side of the tub to reach the side walls and corners – they can easily step inside the tub to handle cleaning tasks.

If you or a loved one has impaired mobility or wants to age-in-place while continuing to live at home, walk-in bathtubs are a safe solution that allows for independent bathing in the privacy of your own home.

Contact Hudson Remodeling to learn about a barrier-free bathing option that’s perfect for your needs and home.

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Hudson Remodeling is now a barrier free bathing distributor

Posted 2 September 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-BathsSince 1971, Best Bath Systems has designed and built bathroom products that are safe for people of all ages and abilities. They are a leading American manufacturer of walk in showers and bathtubs for residential remodeling projects.

It’s a fact that people want to live in their own homes as long as possible – regardless of their age or ability. As the aging in place trend evolves, the need for barrier-free bathing options at home is also increasing.

Hudson Remodeling recently partnered with Best Bath System to serve as their distributor in the greater Bellingham area – including Lynden, Blaine, Everson and other parts of Whatcom County.

There are several things that led Hudson Remodeling to choose Best Bath as a solution provider. They include:

  • Bathroom remodelingBest Bath has over 400 shower and bathtub models to choose from, and available accent colors are limited only by your imagination. Whether a bathroom remodeling project is large or small, they offer many choices that our construction professionals can install.
  • An incredible variety of barrier free/universal designed products are available through Best Bath. Whether a new walk in tub or shower unit is needed, or if a customer wants designer series grab bars, we are able to provide a solution that works.
  • Many of their barrier-free bathing products are specifically designed to fit within a traditional shower/tub footprint – this helps keep remodeling costs lower.
  • The company offers commercial quality products with excellent warranties – up to a lifetime warranty.
  • Best Bath’s manufacturing facility is located in the Pacific Northwest – all of their products are made in America. We think that’s a good thing.

If you know someone needing to remodel their bathrooms to improve safety and comfort, please share this video with them so they can learn about Best Bath products, then call Hudson Remodeling to schedule a project consultation.

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Universal Design for Small Bathrooms

Posted 24 April 2014 by Team Hudson

Every day we hear about something important homeowners are faced with…that is trying to make their existing home work during the aging process.

Rather than downsizing or moving to assisted living facilities, many senior citizens are deciding to renovate their home to make it suitable for aging in place. Renovations that allow aging in place do not mean that the entire house needs to be redesigned to function only for the elderly. Universal design techniques and products make rooms accessible for all ages and abilities, so is an ideal solution for families or people who frequently host guests.

Not all bathroom renovations need to be large scale and costly. Homeowners can start small, like this bathroom project we recently completed in a Whatcom County home.

Hudson RemodelingOne of the first things that needed to be addressed with this bathroom remodel was replacing the tub/shower unit with one that was better for aging in place.

Rather than having a tall sided tub that needs to be stepped over (difficult for older people), we installed a low clearance, universally designed shower unit. Getting in and out of this shower will make life much easier for our client.

The universal design shower unit included a fold-down seat and a sturdy grab bar to aid with stability and safety. A fixed shower head, plus a handheld shower head, were also installed. Not only will those features make showering easier, but the handheld shower head makes cleaner the shower easier for all abilities.

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To also help with easy cleaning and maintenance, we installed a vanity surface that won’t require much special care over the years. The faucet of the sink is a lever, which again is more accessible for all ages and abilities. These simple details can make all the difference when remodeling a home with aging in place in mind.

Lastly, Marmoleum flooring was installed. This is a solid sheet of very durable linoleum. Because this type of flooring doesn’t have seams, it is easier to clean and is longer lasting than traditional linoleum.

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Are you starting to consider your options for retirement and are thinking about aging in place? Please consider contacting Hudson Remodeling to learn how we can help with projects large and small.

Want to learn more about universal design, including tips and ideas? Visit Hudson Remodeling’s blog for more articles and information.

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Remodeling with universal design in mind

Posted 5 December 2012 by Team Hudson

Photo courtesy of Delta Faucets

Have you heard the terms ” aging in place” or “universal design”?  These words are often used to describe building and remodeling projects that are visually appealing and usable by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. This means homes are designed or renovated in a manner that allows able-bodied, disabled, youth and the elderly to comfortable use living spaces.  The spaces work for long-term living needs as well as short-term situations like recovering from an injury or surgery.

Planning ahead can allow people of all ages to stay in their own home as long as possible. Here are a few tips to consider if you or a loved one are considering modifying a home to incorporate universal design features:

Aging in Place/Universal Design Tips:

  • Install bath and shower grab bars.  When properly installed, grab bars are effective in helping prevent slips and falls. Typically, they are the first item people turn to when looking to improve bathroom safety.
  • Replace a traditional tub with a walk-in shower unit.  Wonderful step-free shower units can be created in the same space currently used for a bathtub.  Walk-in showers can be installed as prefabricated units or as a custom project using materials like tile and glass.
  • Consider remodeling to add a ground floor master suite.  This type of remodel not only allows seniors to stay in their own home as long as possible, it can also help those recovering from injury or illness.
  • In the kitchen, relocate (or raise) the level of your dishwasher to make loading/unloading easier; install pull-out shelves in lower cabinets for easier access.
  • Change hardware throughout the house; using levers or “D” pulls can make it easier for all abilities to open and close doors and cabinets.
  • Install handrails along interior and exterior staircases; make sure those areas are well lit as well.

As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling can help Whatcom County residents modify their homes to improve safety and long-term comfort.  Feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

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