Modify Your Home For Accessibility to Age In Place

One out of every two people over the age of 60 has some type of disability which can limit normal daily activities. Many disabilities begin as minor but can progress as the years go by. Modifying a home for safety can help achieve the goal of “aging in place.”

Aging in Place Accessible Home Modifications

According to a survey by AARP, more than 90 percent of persons over the age of 65 prefer to stay in their current home for as long as possible.

Nursing home costs can be more than $50,000 a year. It’s worth the cost and time to modify a home to make it accessible. Studies have shown that people who remain in their own homes as they age tend to live longer, and spend more time with their families than those that transition to nursing homes.

Creating barrier-free, accessible homes can be cheaper and easier than most people perceive. Replacing door knobs with lever handles, raised toilets, adding expandable offset door hinges that widen doorways for walkers and wheelchairs, and grab bars in bathrooms are common examples. These simple changes, among others, can allow people to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for lobger than expected.

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