Approximately 90 percent of seniors over 65 years old intend to stay in their
homes for at least 10 more years, according to AARP. As a result,
remodeling companies report an uptick in the number of customers doing
upgrades and remodels to allow them to age in place.
Fortunately, there are some simple changes you can make to your home to
make your home comfortable and safe as you age.
· Install Grab Bars – Install bars and railings in high-risk locations,
such as bathrooms and bedrooms.
· Ramps – Often older people need assistance when walking. Add a
discreet ramp to the home to allow those needing wheelchairs, walkers, or
canes to enter the home safely.
· Utilize Smart Technology – Smart technology has improved the
security of senior homeowners. Medical alerts, remote security, and
communication systems allow the homeowner access to immediate help in
· Go Hands-Free – Change bulbs and outlets to voice-activated and
changing faucets to hands-free will help those with joint or grip pain.
· Update Flooring – Trip and fall injuries are common as we age, low
pile carpet or non-slip hardscape is best for older homeowners.
· Improve Lighting – Consider nightlights in hallways and bathrooms
and add brighter lighting to living spaces.
Many seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. Making a few
minor adjustments can help them to that by creating a safer environment
and offering immediate help if necessary. This offers peace of mind for both
the homeowner and those who love them.