Apr 4 2016 19494 1

Apr 4 2016 19494 1

Home Modification for the Elderly

Home modification and repair includes adaptations to homes for elders that can make it easier and safer to carry out activities such as bathing, cooking and climbing stairs, as well as alterations to physical structure of the home to improve its overall safety and condition.

Why Is Home Modification and Repair Important

Home modification and repair can help prevent accidents such as falls. Research suggests that one third to one half of home accidents can be prevented by modification and repair.

Home modification and repair can allow elders to remain in their homes. Older people tend to live in older homes that often need repairs and modifications. Over 60% of older persons live in homes more than 20 years old. Home modification and repair can accommodate lifestyle changes and increase comfort.

Typical Problems:

Difficulty getting in and out of the shower.

 Slipping in the tub or shower

Difficulty turning faucet handles/doorknobs

Inadequate heating or ventilation

Difficulty climbing stairs

Possible Solutions:

Install grab bars, shower seals or transfer benches

Place non skid strips or decals in the tub or shower

Replace faucet knobs with lever handles

Install ramps 

Install insulation, storm windows and air conditioner

Install handrails for support


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