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Are you or a loved one looking to age in place? You’re not alone. Today’s seniors want to stay in their homes longer than ever, and these 40 practical home modifications can help make it happen. From easy fixes like adding grab bars and non-slip mats to more significant changes like installing a stair lift or walk-in tub, this blog has everything you need to know to make your home safe and comfortable for aging in place.
Safety Modifications for Aging in Place
- Install grab bars in the bathroom to provide support and stability while showering or using the toilet.
- Install handrails on both sides of stairways to assist with balance and mobility.
- Consider installing a walk-in tub or a zero-threshold shower to make it easier for seniors to get in and out of the bathroom.
- Add non-slip mats or strips in the shower and bathtub to reduce the risk of falls.
- Install a built-in seat in the shower to provide a place to rest and reduce the risk of falls.
- Consider installing a security system to provide peace of mind and increase safety.
- Install motion-sensing lights throughout the home to reduce the risk of falls in low-light conditions.
- Add additional lighting throughout the home to improve visibility and reduce the risk of falls.
- Install a home monitoring system to allow caregivers or family members to check in on the senior remotely.
- Consider installing a home security system with sensors on doors and windows to alert seniors to potential intruders.
- Install a medical alert system, such as a pendant or wristband, to allow seniors to call for help in case of an emergency.
- Add a step stool with handrails to provide a safe and stable way for seniors to reach items stored in high cabinets.
- Consider installing a home health monitoring system to allow caregivers or family members to track the senior’s health and well-being remotely.
- Install a door viewer or security camera to let seniors see who is at the door before answering.
Modifications to Age in Place More Comfortably
- Install lever handles on faucets to make them easier to grip and turn.
- Replace traditional doorknobs with lever handles to make them easier to open.
- Replace traditional light switches with rocker switches or install a switch with a cord that can be reached from a seated position.
- Install a remote control system to control lighting, thermostats, and appliances.
- Install a raised toilet seat to make it easier for seniors to sit and stand.
- Consider installing a bidet to reduce the need for seniors to bend and reach when using the toilet.
- Install a kitchen counter with adjustable height to make it easier for seniors to work at the counter.
- Install a pull-out or drop-down shelf below the kitchen counter to make it easier to reach items stored in lower cabinets.
- Install a handheld showerhead to make it easier to reach and wash all areas of the body.
- Install a smart thermostat to make it easier to control the temperature of the home remotely.
- Install a voice-activated home assistant, such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, to allow seniors to control devices and access information hands-free.
- Add a walk-in closet or a closet with pull-down rods to make it easier for seniors to access their clothing.
- Install a roll-under sink with a knee space to make it easier for seniors to wash their hands and face.
- Add a bench or chair in the bedroom to provide a place to sit and get dressed.
- Install a pull-down rod in the pantry to make it easier for seniors to reach items stored on high shelves.
- Add a built-in bench in the entryway to provide a place to sit and put on shoes.
- Install a hands-free faucet in the kitchen to make it easier for seniors to wash dishes and prepare food.
- Add a shelf or basket on the bottom of kitchen cabinets to store pots, pans, and other frequently used items within easy reach.
- Consider installing a keyless entry system to make it easier for seniors to unlock the door without fumbling with keys.
- Install a raised garden bed or a container garden to allow seniors to enjoy the benefits of gardening without bending down.
- Add a telephone with large buttons and a built-in speakerphone to make it easier for seniors to make and receive calls.
- Consider installing a video doorbell to allow seniors to see and speak with visitors remotely.
Mobility Modifications to Help You Stay In Your Home Longer
- Install a stairlift or chairlift to help seniors navigate stairs safely.
- Add an additional handrail to the outside of the home to assist with mobility.
- Install a ramp or lift to make it easier for seniors to enter and exit the home.
- Consider installing a home elevator to make it easier for seniors to navigate multiple floors of the home.