Home Adjustments For Aging Residents
Many people are opting to adapt their homes so they can remain in familiar surroundings after retirement. As residents age, consider the following home adjustments:
 Get a home assessment from a certified aging-in-place specialist to see what changes are needed.
 Add grab bars to your toilet and tub areas. Decorative bars are now available; there’s no need for a hospital look.
 Remove any rugs that might cause someone to slip and fall; secure remaining rugs with double-sided tape.
 Change round doorknobs to lever style.
 Install a hand-held showerhead and a bathtub seat.
 Place microwave at countertop level, not above the stove where hot items could spill as they’re being removed.
 Add reflective, non-slip tape on all stairs without carpet, including any outdoors.
 Install rocker light switches instead of traditional ones.
 Add extra lighting where needed.
 Widen doorways.
 Add an elevator or chair lift for stairs.
 Replace vanity in bathroom with a sink with space underneath, so that a wheelchair could access the sink if necessary.
 Use dishwasher drawers or an elevated dishwasher for easier access.
 Use an induction cooktop, which only heats where a pan is touching it.
 Install flooring in the kitchen that is easy to stand up on, such as hardwood, cork, or vinyl. Ceramic tile is hard on backs and legs after long periods.
 Avoid 90-degree edges on countertops so that no one bumps against them.
 Install pull-down closet rods.