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.
Learn more. Check out the Home Safety 101 infographic for tips to make your home safer and more accessible. Please visit the Vistability website from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) for information and resources for improving visitablity in your home.
Home modifications don’t have to be expensive to be effective. A simple change can make a big difference on safety and livability. Here are some suggestions:
Learn more. Please visit the AARP Livable Communities website for more cost-saving home modification tips and ideas.
Livable spaces include:
Home layout and design, inside and out
Furnishings and decor
Check out the Make Room For More Accessibility infographic for home modifications ideas, room by room.
Here are some options:
Occupational Therapist (OT) can advise on personal living and safety needs now and in the future. Please visit the 2-1-1 website to find a local Occupational Therapist.
Remodelers should be specifically trained to create barrier-free homes. To find a remodeler who are Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) to build home accessibility modifications, please visit the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) website.
Date Modified: 07/24/2018
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