Aging-in-Place Essentials: Age-Friendly Doors and Windows

Whenever you think about your retirement, your retirement funds and healthcare are usually the first things that come to mind. But what about your home’s age-friendliness? As you age, you’ll inevitably find it harder to access certain parts of your home; these difficulties might even force you to move into a more senior-friendly facility like a retirement home. 

But if you’re committed to enjoying your sunset years in the familiarity and comfort of your own home, you might want to consider pursuing aging-in-place remodeling, which adds age-friendly features. In particular, the doors and windows play a key role in determining the accessibility and quality of living in your home.

Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities, a top replacement windows contractor in the state, elaborates on what makes a window or door age-friendly.

Minimum Dimensions 

Doors in an age-friendly home need to be wider to allow seniors using a walker or a wheelchair to easily enter and exit the house. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has set the minimum width at 36 inches.

In the case of windows, it’s not their height or dimensions that matter. Rather, it’s how close they are to the floor. Windows need to be closer to ground level to ensure the elderly can easily use them as a means of escape in the event of an emergency.

Easy-to-Open Locking Mechanisms

In an age-friendly home, seniors should be able to easily open doors and windows. That’s why doors and windows should have lever handles. These are easier to open than a doorknob and can even be opened using your knees or elbows.

Features Increasing the Quality of Living

Comfort doesn’t need to be compromised just to increase the functionality of a home. Something as simple as installing a new window that provides more natural lighting can make a big difference in the quality of living for seniors.

Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities is a replacement windows company that offers a catalog of premium windows that suit a wide range of needs. To get a free estimate on replacement windows and doors, call (309) 644-4769, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Davenport, IA.