Aging in place can be fast and easy

Bryan Aldrige

June 9, 2011

While the vast majority of older Americans want to age in their homes for as long as possible, many haven't taken the proper steps to actually modify their residences for their later years. This may be because they believe that the renovations could be time-consuming or expensive, but this often isn't the case.

"Modifications can be as simple as switching to lever door handles and adding grab bars to more extensive remodeling like widening doorways to accommodate walker [and] wheelchair access and installing zero threshold showers," Dorine Grodek, a certified aging-in-place specialist, told House & Home.

Additionally, it may be a good idea to install something like a personal emergency alert system in a home. This device enables users to immediately send a medical alert to a call center if they need help.

Those who are feeling a little more adventurous with their aging-in-place projects may also want to spring for more major renovations, like a new shower. The news source reports that these installations can cost anywhere from $6,000 or $8,000, which is still a far cry from the steep costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

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