Home Modifications for Seniors & Increasing Accessibility

Home modifications for seniors or those with different needs help adapt a living space so that people can live safely, perform tasks better, and maintain independence. These home improvements can be as simple as installing grab bars in the bathroom or as extensive as structural changes to make the home easier and safer.

Whether these home modifications are for the elderly or disabled family members, the goal is home safety and improving accessibility.

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Living independently can be a barrier for elder people and to help regain it, they are often in need of home modifications. The majority of older adults live in a home that wasn’t built in a time when architects and developers thought about designing spaces that give accessibility to everyone.For example, stairs and narrow doorways might have worked when a homeowner was 30, but at age 80, those things can pose a hazard.

A problematic house design can force many senior homeowners to leave their homes — due to the danger of falling in the shower or bathtub, difficulty preparing meals when cabinets are out of reach, or inability to take the stairs to get to a bedroom on the second floor.

When planned and carried out properly, home modifications can meet the particular needs of an older or disabled occupant so that they can continue to perform the tasks necessary to caring for themselves and safely navigating their home.

If you or a loved one live in a home that is no longer as accessible as it was before, here is a list of home repairs and home modifications they may need:

  • Widening Doorways and Hallways – to accommodate for wheelchairs and walkers
  • Wheelchair Ramps – for persons unable to manage stairways. 
  • Walk in Tubs – seated bathtubs, sometimes wheelchair accessible. 
  • Transfer Benches – also called showering benches, shower chairs, or transfer chairs, these enable individuals to get in and out of showers, tubs and wheelchairs with little or no assistance.
  • Traction or Non-Skid Strips –  commonly installed in bathrooms, but also anywhere a floor is hazardous or slippery, including kitchens and staircases.
  • Stair Lifts – also called Stair Glides or Lift Chairs.  
  • Smoothing Floor Surfaces – removal of molding, carpeting and anything on the floor which limits the mobility of a wheelchair
  • Grab Bars and Rails – in bathrooms and hallways assist persons in preventing falls and improving mobility

Home accessibility is important to have as our bodies and circumstances in life change. A home that once suited you may no longer, and that’s why it’s important to consider home modifications to ease movement around the house and reclaim your independence.

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If you or a loved one would like to discuss your living situation and how we can help increase home mobility, please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible to begin the process.