Easy Ways to Age Proof Your Home

Recently Gene and I were featured presenters at an AARP meeting to talk about ways to make a home more comfortable and convenient, in other words to age proof a home. These are common sense ideas to make your home an easy place to live whether you’re young or old, able or disabled, and to make it accident-proof so it’s a safe haven for everyone who lives there. Here are the highlights of our talk, ideas that cost next to nothing but will reward you with a family-friendly place to live. Use these simple solutions to make your home comfortable and convenient so you can stay in control – and in your home – as you age.

1. Use nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways
2. Secure extension and appliance cords to the base shoe molding at the bottom of a wall with u-shaped staples
3. Tame the tangle of home electronic cables and wire with cord managers, covers and cable protectors
4. Remove throw rugs (especially at the top and bottom of a staircase) or secure them with a rug grip or rug tape
5. Install a grab bar in a tub or shower for safe footing
6. Increase bathroom lighting for putting on makeup or reading the tiny print label on medicine
7. Add under-cabinet lighting for chopping food or reading a recipe in the kitchen
8. Add rollout storage shelves in cabinets to easily see what’s inside
9. Add a second hand rail on the wall of a staircase and increase the lighting to assure safe passage
10. Bridge the gap between different floor levels of two rooms by installing a multi-level door threshold reducer so they are level

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