Modifications for the Elderly

There are many different types of modifications that can be made to accommodate for aging challenges.  While not comprehensive, the following list is included to give readers an idea of common changes.

  • Accessory Apartments – both for the elderly and live-in caregivers
  • Climate Controls – installing larger digital displays and / or remote controls
  • Computer Equipment – large screen monitors and oversized keyboards
  • Easy Use Fixtures – oversized light switches and levers replacing or installed over faucet knobs
  • Grab Bars and Rails – bathroom and throughout the home to assist persons in preventing falls and improving mobility
  • Lighting – modifications within the home and around the property for increased visibility and security
  • Pull Out Shelves – also referred to as roll-out, glide-out or slide-out shelves, these enable easy access to deeper spaces for clothing, food and other storage
  • Push Button Door Openers – to automate the opening and closing of doors
  • Security Systems – remote monitoring and personal emergency response systems (PER)
  • Smoothing Floor Surfaces – removal of molding, carpeting and anything on the floor which limits the mobility of a wheelchair
  • Software Tools – that enable increased independence
  • Home Mobility and Accessibility Products
  • * Stair Lifts – also called Stair Glides or Lift Chairs.  Learn more about paying for stair lifts here.
  • A variety of platform lifts- Vertical, Inclined, Floor, Ceiling
  • Traction or Non-Skid Strips – installed most commonly in bathrooms but also anywhere the floor is hazardous or slippery including kitchens and staircases.
  • Transfer Benches – also called showering benches or transfer chairs, these enable individuals to get in and out of showers, tubs and wheelchairs with little or no assistance.
  • Walk in Tubs – seated bathtubs, sometimes wheelchair accessible. Learn more about paying for walk in tubs.
  • Kitchen renovations- accessibility improvements