For communities and homeowners that support older adults, the concept of “aging in place” is nothing new. Optimizing your home or community to support the needs of aging adults may include enhancing the accessibility of doors, stairs, and walkways. It may also include the inclusion of ramps and other handicap add-ons. For many homeowners, this could also include the addition of elevators or lifts in your building or home. With our elevators, you gain the ability to age in place
How You Can Support Aging in Place at Home
The importance of aging in place has become more vital since the start of the pandemic. The CDC defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. The pillars of aging in place include:
- The residence
- The person, and
- Support network
Some ways you can support each of the pillars include:
- Enhancing the accessibility of certain areas in your home, including stairs and walkways
- Planning recreational activities for the aging person in your home
- Securing transportation for the aging person for errands and other activities
If you live in a multi-story home or community, another great way to support aging people is to install an elevator. For many, this may seem like an insurmountable project. However, the team at Rise Above Elevator helps everyday people support their elderly loved ones with elevator installations. We’re here to help you, too!
Home Elevators for Seniors
Installing an elevator in a residential home may seem like an extravagant expense. However, they can be a wise investment when living with an elderly individual. It’s easy to overlook the many daily activities that could be a challenge for aging people. Whether it’s hauling laundry across the house from the closet to the washing machine or tidying up around the house each week from room to room, there are many occasions that may call for traveling up and down stairs.
Home elevators can help make these everyday tasks easier and more comfortable for aging people.
Benefits of Home Elevators for Seniors
Some benefits of home elevators include:
- Improved accessibility for all members of the household
- Reduce your worry about the safety of elderly household members when they are alone
- Customization options for your home and space – no one-size-fits-all options
- Reliable transportation around your home, no need for stairs or other potentially unsafe travel methods
Residential Elevator Options for Aging in Place at Home
If you’re considering choosing a residential elevator for your home, you have options. RAE helps select the best mechanical options for your needs. We also offer an array of design elements that are perfect for the aging person in your home. You’ll get the flexibility you need in your space, with the assurance that you’ll find the right elevator for your needs.
Hydraulic Elevators for Your Home
Many commercial elevators utilize traction systems to power the elevator. Traction systems use ropes to “pull” the elevator cab to the floor where it’s called. These systems are no longer as popular, and can be extensive to install and manage in a residential space.
Hydraulic elevator systems are fluid-driven systems that use the compression of oil to move the elevator smoothly from floor to floor. These are the most common elevator type for residences. They are also often used in commercial buildings; however, they can be more costly for high-rise buildings with many floors due to the way the system is operated.
Elevator Design Options
RAE’s residential home elevators offer many customization options to fit your needs. You may be able to select unique finishes, accessories, lighting, and more for your home elevator.
- Elevator cab interior – you may select all-glass, all-wood, stainless steel, or other interiors. You can even opt for a window or other unique elements to your cab.
- Elevator doors – you choose different doors for your elevator as well. From wood doors, stainless steel doors, glass doors, and more. There are even options for sliding doors or accordion-style doors.
- Interior lighting – Select custom lighting including colored LED lighting for the interior of your elevator.
- Flooring – Flooring options include wood, glass, stainless steel, linoleum, or another type of material.
- Additional upgrades – handrails, emergency lighting, and fixtures may also be customizable.
- Custom elevator packages – Custom packages include all the elements above.
Gain the ability to age in place for elderly people in your home with residential elevators. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a safe environment for aging adults in your home, so everyone feels more secure and comfortable. Residential elevators are becoming more commonplace and are a modern convenience that will become an investment in the future of your living space.
Concerned about how a residential elevator may fit in your home, or think you may not have the option to install? Start by asking for a consultation. At Rise Above Elevator, we’re here to answer your questions and offer a quote for a solution that fits the needs of your home and your situation. Email our team or give us a call to get started so you can gain the ability to age in place.