List of Home Modifications

The majority of seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible. However, many homes have not been designed to accommodate the changing needs of seniors as they age.


The kitchen

  • Have lever valves or a single lever valve installed to control water flow and temperature.
  • Have sliding shelves underneath the countertop in order to work in a sitting position.
  • Lower the cabinets.
  • Place “D” shaped handles on cabinets and drawers.
  • Place small appliance outlets in more convenient locations.
  • Have smoke and heat detectors installed outside but close to the kitchen.
  • Have a fire extinguisher installed near the kitchen door.


The bathroom

  • Have shelves placed next to the sink for storage.
  • Have a grab bar at your fingertips.
  • Have other lighting fixtures near the mirror or pharmacy.
  • Install a non-slip floor covering on the entire bathroom surface.
  • Have lever valves or a single lever valve installed to control water flow and temperature.
  • Adjust the water heater or have a device installed to prevent the water from becoming too hot.
  • Have a shower-phone installed on sliding support or with supports of different heights.


The entrees

  • Add an inclined plane to avoid stairs.
  • Have lights or spotlights installed to illuminate entrances, stairs and paths.
  • Have a grab bar or grip near the step or door sill.
  • Have a self-closing door closer installed.
  • Have doorknobs installed in a cane.
  • Have easy access switches or sensors installed to control outdoor lights.


Stairs and corridors

  • Improve lighting on stairs.
  • Have twin switches at the bottom and top of the stairs.
  • Have handrails installed or repaired.
  • Extend the handrails beyond the top and bottom of the steps.
  • Install counter-bent hinges to widen the doorway.
  • Have handrails placed along the walls.


The bedroom

  • Use a night light to illuminate the path from the bedroom to the bathroom.
  • Make sure there are no obstacles on the way from the bedroom to the bathroom.
  • Move the bedroom downstairs.
  • If 911 is not available in your area, keep a list of all important phone numbers in large print and keep it near the phone (police, fire department, etc.).
  • Keep a flashlight near the bed in case of an emergency.
  • Have a personal alarm system installed so that you can get help if necessary.


The basement and the laundry room

  • Place shelves or storage space near appliances so that laundry products are easy to access.
  • Consider installing a telephone in the basement to avoid climbing the stairs.
  • Closets and storage areas.
  • Have folding doors or accordion doors installed.
  • Have tablets installed or lowered.
  • Have lights placed in the cupboards.
  • Have rods laid or lowered.




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