ConsumerAffairs Age in Place Basics


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For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.  

~Hasidic saying


Aging in Place 101 Basics from Consumer Affairs

Studies have shown that most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible. The problem, however, is that many of their homes are not equipped for an aging resident. Depending on the level of care you or an aging loved one may need, there are a variety of modifications and upgrades that allow seniors to stay in their homes longer.


One place to start on your aging-in-place renovation is the entryway. By widening the entryway and creating a step-free entrance you will make the home more wheelchair accessible.

Outdoor Ramps

Outdoor ramps also eliminate the need for stairs leading to your door. Keep in mind the width of your interior walkways as those may be harder and more costly to expand.


One of the most popular places older adults choose to improve during their aging-in place renovation is the bathroom. The bathroom has the greatest risk of falls due to slippery floors and minimal objects to hold for stability. Grab bars, walk-in tubs and walk-in showers are just a few of the ways to make your bathroom safer and more aging-friendly.

Stair Lift

For those with two-story homes, a stairlift, wheelchair lift or dumbwaiter can make accessing the second story possible. It’s important to consider the size and layout of the stairwell as that will drive up the cost of a lift. It may be more feasible to move into a single-story home that is easier to navigate.

Depending on the level of care you or your loved one needs, making home improvements to age in place may be more affordable than moving to an assisted living facility. Financial assistance from insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs can help offset the cost of these upgrades.

You can read more about modifications and prices in Consumer Affairs’ Aging in Place Remodeling article.


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