Baby boomers choosing to renovate homes for the golden years

Lisa Wurth

December 21, 2010

There has been a growing movement of age-friendly home renovations among baby boomers who want to stay in their residence as long as possible, according to USA Today.

Some of the most common additions to homes have been in line with this trend, such as step-free entrances, door knobs instead of handles and enough room in the kitchen and bathrooms for wheelchairs.

In fact, many builders are now taking these desires into account whenever they work on a house.

"Whenever we do a remodel, like a bathroom, we always suggest some of the aging-in-place products and making the doors a little wider, putting grab bars in showers," contractor Donna Shirey told the news source.

Whether one is investing in a stair or porch lift, or just installing grab rails to bathrooms, these renovations can sometimes be costly – however, experts suggest that they can also help reduce falls.

These incidents are among the top causes of injuries among older adults, which means households may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can be installed in a home and used to send a medical alert to doctors if residents require assistance and are unable to reach a phone.

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