Monday, June 18, 2018
Universal Design Elements for Aging in Place
Most older adults over the age of 50 could benefit from basic home modifications. Unfortunately, most folks do not take proactive steps to make their homes safer until a major incident occurs. Falls are the number 1 reason older adults need to adapt their home or find alternative housing.
Some of the top modification needs in the Twin Cities include: better or extra lighting, additional interior and exterior railings, grab bars in the bathroom, raised toilet seat, hand-held shower head, shower chair, lever handles on doors and fixtures, decluttering major pathways within the home, non-slip floor strips and smart sensors that keep track of where a homeowner regularly travels within their home.
These universal design elements are fairly low-cost and high benefit that will create safety in the major area's where falls occur such as the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen. Also, interior and exterior stairs create many challenges and safety concerns.
For more information on universal design and other home modification strategies visit the AARP website here: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/housing/