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2/27/2013Home Care News

Senior Specialties - Online: Home Modification

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Home Accessibility-Modifications

The main benefit of making home modifications is that they promote independence and prevent accidents. According to a recent AARP housing survey, "83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives," but other studies show that most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of people over age 65. Most older people live in homes that are more than 20 years old. As these buildings get older along with their residents, they may become harder to live in or maintain.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that these items were most often included in home modifications and aging in place improvements for senior’s homes:
1. Levered doorknobs
2. Grab bars in bathrooms
3. Levered faucets in kitchen sink
4. Handrails on both sides of stairwells and on front and rear steps
5. Grab bars in showers
6. Removal of any door threshold
7. Movable shower heads for those who must sit
8. Portable shower seats
9. A bathroom with a bath/shower and a bedroom on the first floor
10. Widened doors to accommodate wheelchairs
11. Ramps for those using walkers and wheelchairs

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