Retirement isn’t what it used to be. As society lives for longer with each generation, retirement has become an increasingly active time, no longer used solely for cross stitching and looking after the grandkids. And although retirement is becoming more active, there’s no denying that joints and muscles will get a bit creakier as the years float by. Therefore, it’s worth redecorating before the effort gets too much, to ensure the house is beautiful and practical for years to come.
Exterior slopes and steps might benefit from handrails for when the frost kicks in. Avoid those ugly big white rails and instead commission a local blacksmith to create bespoke rails and handles. Ensure walkways are clear and in good condition, and replace dated crazy paving with a smart brick driveway or a resin bonded surface that requires absolutely minimum maintenance.
Inside, consider decluttering and focus on the main living spaces. In the kitchen, raise the oven and grill to head height for safer cooking. In the dining room, choose a dining table that extends for when guests visit, and generous seats with armrests for comfort. Extending tables need not be the traditional mahogany, glass and chrome versions suit a sharp new interior, bringing a dining room right into the 21st century. Create a lighting system that allows for a range of dimming options and candles will be a thing of the past, perfect for creating a romantic mood at the flick of a switch.
The living room is probably the major space that’ll need attention. A sofa suite with various positioning options will future-proof the room. The Denver range from Roomes Furniture can be raised and lowered at the feet, and the colour options would go brilliantly with a warmly decorated room, perhaps evoking an artisan theme, with lots of handmade wooden objet d’art. As televisions increase in size and decrease in depth, it’s becoming easier to find creative ways to hide them from sight when they’re not in use. Ditto, radiator covers look smart and actually make radiators a bit safer, reducing the risk of an accidental contact burn.
Upstairs, the bathroom usually requires a bit of attention. A walk-in electric shower ensures a constant heat of water, and if a double shower is installed a stool can even go in. Splash out on a rainforest shower head for maximum luxury, and upgrade the floors so they are non-slip.
In the bedroom, follow the example of the sofa and get a bed that can be raised and lowered at the head of the feet. And invest in the best mattress possible – because sleeping on the decent bed will help prevent future aches and pains, meaning all these mobility add-ons will remain luxuries, not necessities, for as long as possible.
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