Readying Your Home for Aging in Place

FullLife staff

Homeowners can take steps to prepare for "aging in place" - allowing them to stay in their own homes as long as long as their quality of life permits.

A recent article in U.S. News & World Report (http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2010/09/30/how-to-make-your-home-age-friendly) includes three levels of priorities for home modifications:

1. Prevent falls by removing throw rugs, installing grab bars in the bathroom, and increasing lighting in hallways and entries.  These updates can cost less than $1,000.

2. Make the home more accessible and easier to navigate.  For example, install ramps and removed raised entrances between rooms to accommodate wheelchairs and reduce the risks of tripping.  Depending on the size and complexity of the projects, these renovations may cost from $4,500 to $30,000.

3. Last are the more expensive changes that include bathroom and kitchen makeovers. These modifications include a no-step shower or even a lift to help people get into the bathtub.

Other ideas, like moving furniture to create clear pathways for walking, cost nothing.  What other low cost solutions can seniors find?