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June 05, 2012

Best Home Remodeling Projects for Aging in Place

You can begin to ready your home now to meet your future needs. Stylish new designs allow you to add safety, convenience and accessibility features to your home without sacrificing personal style. The following handyman and remodeling projects are among those proven to provide the greatest benefits for people who wish to continue living in their homes:

  • Replace interior and exterior door knobs with sleek, ergonomic door levers
  • Install attractive LED light fixtures to increase lighting intensity and rocker switches for easy use
  • Replace sink and shower faucet handles with single-lever and touch fixtures
  • Install a barrier-free shower stall
  • Add a seat and hand-held adjustable shower head to shower stalls
  • In the bathroom, add decorative yet sturdy grab bars to shower, tub and toilet areas
  • Eliminate raised thresholds and widen doorways and hallways to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs
  • Improve lighting in hallways, stairwells and entrances
  • Install double handrails on stairs and grab bars at entries
  • Install adjustable shelving in closets and kitchen pantries
  • Relocate outlets and switches 18 to 48 inches above the floor for easy access
  • Relocate your laundry room to the first floor and select accessible appliances such as front-loading washers and dryers and side-by-side refrigerator/freezers
  • Replace slippery vinyl or tile floors with slip-resistant flooring or low-pile carpeting
  • Apply sticky backing to area rugs to prevent sliding hazards
  • Paint walls with light-colored, matte-finish paint to reduce glare 

Kendal at Home provides resources designed to help you enjoy a healthy, active, independent lifestyle while living in your own home. Don’t forget to get our free download, “11 Ways to Age Successfully at Home.”

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