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Aging in Place: Tips on Making Home Safe and Accessible

Living at home as you age requires careful consideration and planning. Learn how you can make some changes to help maintain your independence.

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Transcript

Many older adults want to "age in place" - stay in their own homes as they get older - but may have concerns about safety, getting around, or other daily activities. A few changes could make your home easier and safer to live in and help you continue to live independently.

  • Don't use area rugs and check that all carpets are fixed firmly to the floor.
  • Replace handles on doors or faucets with ones that are comfortable for you to use.
  • Install grab bars near toilets and in the tub or shower.
  • Reduce fall hazards: place no-slip strips or non-skid mats on tile and wood floors or surfaces that may get wet.
  • Place light switches at the top and bottom of stairs and remember to turn on night lights. 
  • Install a ramp with handrails to the front door.

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