Aging In Place

Many of us want to remain in our own homes for as long as we can as we age. However, in order to do this, your home may require some modifications to make it safer or to make it more accessible for a wheelchair or walker. Some modifications, like grab bars, are relatively easy and inexpensive, while others, like an elevator or walk-in tub, are more expensive. In addition, it's wise to eliminate anything that might be a trip hazard like area rugs and extension cords.

If you are considering making some modifications to your home to accomodate aging in place, here's a good checklist to start with. It's also wise to consult with a contractor who is a Certified Aging-In Place Specialist. The National Association of Homebuilders has some good resources on its website:

Aging in Place Remodeling Checklist

Home Modifications to Accomodate Aging in Place