Renovation Tips for the Aging-in-Place Homeowner

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Aging in place is a term describing the ability to live in one’s own home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability.  As you age climbing stairs or getting into the bathtub may become increasingly difficult.  Modifying your home in order to reduce the risk of falls, ensure access and enjoyment or otherwise offset age related limitations is an important component of aging in place.

Royal Home Improvements is the only CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) recommended residential renovation general contractor in Canada, serving Toronto and surrounding areas.  Paul Napolitano, President of Royal Home Improvements, understands the desire to age in place and has advised many homeowners on how to achieve their home improvement goals, including mobility related modifications.  Paul and his son John have both completed the Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) designation program offered by The National Association of Home Builders (U.S.), which provides renovators with practical information about remodeling homes for aging in place.  Royal Home Improvements performs home modifications that permit homeowners to live comfortably and safely in their homes.  Following are some things to consider when planning an aging in place oriented home renovation.

It’s Never to Early to Plan.  Eliminating barriers to accessing the tub or shower, properly positioning and securing grab bars on the wall, including a shower bench for sitting or adding a hand-held flexible showerhead may not all be necessary today but may keep you in your home tomorrow.  Physical limitations and the consequences of falls can make what seems excessive now a requirement in the future.  When designing your renovation consider safety and accessibility along with décor.  Safety and accessibility are easily included in modern design and incorporating the products and materials into the renovation is not a problem for an experienced contractor.  It is better to do it now than regret it later.

Look for Experience. Hiring a contractor with knowledge of ageing in place design, and experience with these renovations, will benefit the homeowner says Paul Napolitano. That’s why he and his son John completed the Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) designation program, which requires the certificate holder to be an experienced renovation industry participant.  Royal Home Improvements has over 40 years experience completing renovation projects in the Greater Toronto Area.  The Royal Home Improvements team members are knowledgeable and will advise homeowners on the safety and accessibility modifications to consider for now and in the future.

Style and Function coexist in aging in place design and remodeling.  The things that make a house a home, including your personal style, don’t have to be sacrificed in order to make aging in place modifications. With bathrooms, for example, the right design, modern fixtures and accessories can result in a beautifully remodeled space incorporating benefits to your health and safety.  Product manufacturers know that people don’t want their home to feel like an institution so they have designed towel bars, sinks, door handles and shower fixtures, for example, which integrate safety with style and beauty.

Safe homes suit all. A home renovation incorporating aging in place considerations does not make the home less suitable for others. What benefits the oldest in the family will do the same for the youngest and add value to the home.  With the trend towards multi-generational living (parents, children and grandparents all living in the same home) designs that make a home suitable for a range of occupants (grandkids to grandparents) can only be beneficial.

If you love your home and want to remain there contact the aging in place specialists at Royal Home Improvements.  They have the knowledge and experience to help you renovate your home so you can live safely without sacrificing comfort and style.

Call Royal Home Improvements at 416-236-4400 or visit the Royal Home Improvements website ( to request a free estimate.  CARP members can save up to $2,000 off the tax. Not a CARP member? Seniors never pay tax.