A recent study from AARP found most aging adults want one simple thing as they grow older. They want to live in their own homes.
While this desire remains strong as we age it becomes more difficult for a variety of reasons, many of which have to do with health. Even for those whose health is good, they may not get around as well as they had in the past. For those aging adults who are able to stay in their homes, a few small, inexpensive changes to the home can make a lot of difference.
Home modifications include, but aren’t limited to:
- Shower and bath grab bars
- Ramps for wheelchairs or walkers
- Replacing or updating round door knobs with levers
Once made, these modifications can increase safety and accessibility to the home. For ideas on the many home modifications available, we’ve put together a Pinterest board with some of our favorite ideas from around the Internet. Some changes are expensive while others are cheap and easy to do.
If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer or don’t have the time, many communities have organizations that perform home modifications for a reasonable price or can recommend reputable companies to make the updates.
Making a few small, inexpensive changes can help aging adults remain independent in the homes and communities they love.
Alfonso Trujillo, an expert in care management for aging adults, is vice president of Care Management at InnovAge
This InnovAge blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.