Home accessibility modifications, which can also be called environmental modifications, are physical changes made in the home environment to accommodate the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. From motion sensor lights to lever handles, from portable ramps to widened doorways, home modifications support a person’s ability to make living independently possible.
Keep in mind that many modifications are easy, no- and low-cost. You can find some at home improvement stores and, depending on how handy you are, may require help to install. Some modifications are as simple as repurposing a room to be more accommodating while others call for a redesign of the home or the services of a professional contractor.
Additionally, home accessibility modifications prevent accidents while improving comfort and ease-of-use. But a home that’s safer and more accessible is also more inviting. With a growing desire to age in place, the ability to invite people to your home is vital to your quality of life. With a home that’s visitable, even if your guests have trouble with steps or use a wheelchair or walker, both you and your guests can feel comfortable and confident getting together to spend time together.