Most homes were not designed to support us as we age. So, it's no surprise that our home will require modification as our needs change over time.
Here are some key questions that everyone looking to stay in their homes over the long term should be asking:
Entrance and Floorplan
Is there at least one step-free entrance to the home?
Is there a bedroom, full bathroom, and kitchen on the main level?
Are essentials like your washing machine accessible without going up and down stairs?
within reach and well-lit.
Are cabinets and shelves within reach (without a stool!) in the kitchen and bathroom?
Do you have handrails on both sides of your stairs?
Lighting in your hallways, stairs with switches on both ends?
Do you have a shower with a step-free entry?
Is there “blocking” behind the bathroom walls so grab bars can be securely installed in the bathtub, shower and toilet areas?
Do you have non-slip tape step stools and exterior steps and ledges
For more reading, there are some well done fall prevention guides available here:
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the home? Can they be heard from every bedroom?
Is there a Fire extinguisher within reach of oven and stove?
Is your address clearly visible from the street?
Do you have flashlights in multiple rooms (in case of a power failure)?
Other important considerations
Do exterior doors have locks that can't accidentally lock you in or out of your home?
Does your entrance door have a secure slide latch or chain so you can speak to someone without fully unlocking the door?
Does your entrance door have a secure slide latch or chain so you can speak to someone without fully unlocking the door.
It's easier to push and pull than twist! Do you have lever handles on your doors and faucets?
Your home isn't likely to have all of these design features. Some are easier ( and cheaper) than others and you probably won't require them all at once. If you'd like to connect with an expert that's experienced in home modification and accessibility, feel free to reach out to us and we can connect you.