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Low-Cost Options for Aging in Place

For many of today’s seniors staying in their homes if preferred over relocating to a retirement community or assisted care facility.  Many factors can have an impact or whether or not one will actually be able to stay in their current home.  Some home renovations may be required and below are a few that are inexpensive but will prove to improve the living environment.

Safety Improvements may include but are not limited to:

Address the flooring in the home.  It is recommended that area rugs be removed as they can be a tripping hazard. The preferred flooring would be carpeting as it can cushion falls. 

Footware - this sounds simple enough but is many times overlooked.  Non-slip soles on shoes are preferred.   Try to stay away from shoes with higher heels, or shoes that do not have backs like slippers or even socks.

Shower and Bathtub - consider installing grab bars that are anchored to the wall or a safety rail clamped onto the side of the bath tub.  Install non-skid strips or a removable non-skid mat to the bottom of the bathtub.   Consider adding a hand-held shower head on a flexible hose.

Toilet Seats - if purchasing a new toilet is not in your budget consider a raised toilet seat.  Many are standard sizes and could fit your existing toilet.

Limited Lighting - keep it light and keep it bright. Better lighting can reduce eye strain and encourage reading or hobbies.  Consider motion-activated lighting for hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.  This could help prevent falls during the night.

Convenience items that will aid in quality of live may include:

Mail Catcher - it may be easier to have a mail slot added to your door or have the mail box moved closer to your front door.  When using a mail slot a small basket could be added on the interior of your home that will catch the mail so you don’t have to pick it up off of the floor.

Door Knobs - replacing the round door knobs with lever style will make it easier when opening doors.  Also, pulls rather than knobs may make it easier when opening drawers and cabinet doors.

Cooking Utensils - you may consider investing in lightweight or ergonomically-designed utensils.  Many offered now have non-slip handles and bright colors.

Downsize - eliminate excess items.  Having fewer items to move around, sort through and juggle will make your environment more enjoyable.

Whether you are considering selling or purchasing a home you should always use the services of a full-time, professional Realtor.  As your real estate professional I am able to answer your questions about the home selling and buying process. I would love to be your Realtor, give me a call at 713-822-8555 or email anytime to

Pamela Efferson, Broker Associate – Realtor




Keller Williams Metropolitan

Phone: (713) 822-8555

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Post Category: Home Remodeling, Home Safety, Active Adults (Age 55+)

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