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Ageing in Place (October 2010) - page 2 of 2


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REMODELLING YOUR HOME FOR AGEING IN PLACE

You may wish to consult a professional early in your evaluation process. No one is going to make all of the modifications, but be wise regarding those you focus on. i.e. if you already know your eyesight is failing, focus on modifications that benefit poor, or poorer eyesight the most. If you have arthritis that impairs mobility, focus on modifications that cater to your anticipated increasing mobility limitations.

General
  • Adapt lower floor of home for possible one level living
  • Increased incandescent general and specific task lighting
  • Easy garage or parking access
  • At least one entry is without steps
  • Doorways 36" wide with off-set hinges on doors
  • Levered door handles instead of knobs
  • Electrical outlets at 18 inches instead of 12
  • Easy to open or lock patio doors and screens
  • Light switches at 42" instead of 48
  • Adjustable controls on light switches
  • Luminous switches in bedrooms, baths and hallways
  • Strobe light or vibrator-assisted smoke and burglar alarms
  • Lower window sills especially for windows on the street
  • Programmable thermostats for heating and cooling
  • Contrast colors between floor and walls
  • Color borders around floor and counter-top edges
  • Non skid flooring
  • Matte finish paint, flooring and counter-tops
  • Non-glare glass on art work
  • Peep hole at a low height
  • Incorporation of emergency response system installed or wearable
Bathroom
  • Lever faucets and faucet mixers with anti-scald valves
  • Temperature controlled shower and tub fixtures
  • Stall shower with a low threshold and shower seat
  • Grab bars at back and sides of shower, tub and toilet or wall reinforcement for later installation
  • Bathrooms with turn around and transfer space for walker or wheelchair (36" by 36")
  • Higher bathroom counters
  • Telephone jack
  • Installation of medical response device
Kitchen
  • Kitchen cabinets with pullout shelves and lazy susans
  • Easy to grasp cabinet knobs or pulls
  • Task lighting under counters
  • Cooktop with front controls
  • Side by side refrigerator
  • Adjustable upper shelves and pull out lower shelves
  • Variety in kitchen counter height - some as low as table height (30 inches)
  • Gas sensor near gas cooking, water heater and gas furnace
  • Color or pattern borders at counter edges
Living Room
  • Seating at least 18 inches off the floor
  • Chairs with sturdy arm

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