Aging-In-Place and Home Modification


Home Modifications

Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely. Modifications may include adding assistive technology or making structural changes to a home.

Whether you need something as simple as replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles to installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways, to full-scale construction projects, you will want to learn more about home modifications and Universal Design.

According to an 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. A house that was perfectly suitable for a senior at age 55, for example, may have too many stairs or slippery surfaces for a person who is 70 or 80.

 

Assistive Technology - What is it?

 

Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.