Five Best Modifications To Make To Your Home As You Age

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Are you ready for some new home modifications? How your home protects you is an extremely important thing to consider and acknowledge, especially as you age. When you get older, the chances increase that your home is no longer built to protect you while going about your daily life.

This is when home modifications come into play, and they should be implemented before it’s too late to do so. This will help make your home safer, more protective, and a lot easier for you to manage!

1. Grab bars

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Grab bars are essential to install in the home as you age. Certain areas of the home, such as bathrooms, become high-risk for accidents to happen. Grab bars should be installed in the places necessary within the bathroom, like next to the toilet, in the shower or bathtub, etcetera. You may want to even install one near the bed so you can get out of bed in the morning with ease!

2. Upgrade your home security

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Upgrading your home security system is essential no matter what age you are, but it definitely becomes more of a necessity as you age. Upgrading your home alarm system in addition to your medical alert technology (wearable medical alert necklaces, monitors, etc.) will be a great way to protect yourself in case of emergency.

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3. Outdoor ramps

Photo: Handiramp

Outdoor ramps are another great way to keep yourself or a loved one safe when venturing outside. Many elderly people use outdoor ramps for people confined to wheelchairs, but they’re also just a much simpler and easier way for senior citizens to get around with ease. By removing stairs from the equation and adding railings, you’re creating much more room for safety rather than safety risks.

4. Improve your lighting

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It’s no secret that as we age, our eyesight tends to not be as good as it once was. It’s important to regularly update the lighting in your house so you can see as clearly as possible. Rooms that are too dim may cause a fall or other accident if you can’t see where you’re going!

5. Update your flooring

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Improper flooring can become a huge safety hazard as you age and can be the cause of many trips and falls. Carpets in the home should be securely attached and no more than half an inch thick. Anti-slip bathroom flooring is also a great investment so you don’t take a fall in the bathroom after a shower. Take a look at the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for flooring, as it could be a huge help for deciding what flooring is best.

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This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.

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