GUEST POST - By 2030, almost 25% of the national population will be retirement-aged. The greying of Canada’s population means there will soon be more adults aged 65+, most of whom will require caregiving and support. Much of this population want to stay in their current home and community as they grow older. Unfortunately, this is not always an option for those whose homes are not adequately equipped.
With age, needs change, and mobility often becomes a concern. Simple tasks like doing the laundry may become daunting challenges. Seniors may be tempted to sell their home and move into a retirement community, but this transition can be expensive and emotionally stressful. Consideration can be given to proactive solutions to optimize a home’s functionality, such as adding ramps, stair lifts, and grab bars; or widening doorways and renovating the most important rooms in the home to make them more accessible.
Traditional renovations can be costly, time-consuming and messy, especially when involving plumbing work. For senior homeowners and their families, this can be a major factor in the decision to stay or move. Thankfully, SANIFLO®, offers the perfect solution to add or renovate a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room to make it more accessible, without the need for major construction or breaking the concrete.
SANIFLO® manufacturers macerating and grinding toilets, and drain-water pumps that can be used to install toilets, sinks, showers and other plumbing fixtures anywhere in the home. Access to water and an electrical outlet is all that is needed to move laundry facilities to the main floor or turn unused space into an accessible bathroom.
The SANICOMPACT® is a self-contained unit that can be used to install a half-bathroom with ease. It features a tankless vitreous china toilet bowl with built-in macerator/pump, and does not need to be connected to a vent stack. With this product, a closet or unused space can easily be transformed into a safe, accessible half-bathroom. For elderly homeowners with mobility needs, this creates convenience and independence.
For those wanting to age in place, pre-emptive home modifications can help make the transition easier for seniors to reside where they are most comfortable – in their own home.