Need-Based & Optional Home Modifications
Optional Home Modifications
For individuals who are relatively healthy but are starting to experience or are anticipating aging changes, these types of home modifications could help as they age.
- Add lighting
- Remove slick flooring
- De-clutter high foot traffic areas
Needs-Based Home Modifications
Individuals with changing or chronic health conditions that affect balance and/or mobility will need a thorough assessment of how they function in their living environment.
- Add bathroom grab bars
- Widen doorways
- Secure a personal emergency alert system
- Remove steps from entrances
- Convert doorknobs to handles
- Raise electrical outlets
- Lower electrical switches
Families should prioritize any needed modifications of the home, as seniors generally accept only two or three modifications at a time. In addition, it’s important to give older adults a choice out of all the best solutions. Family caregivers are the eyes and ears for making sure elders continue to do well with aging in place.