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Why Home Modifications Are Invaluable

October 16, 2012 Jeff APHM Los Angeles Aging House Specialist

We are all getting older but that doesn’t mean that we want to leave the home that we live in. Instead we may have to accept that we need some home modifications done to enable us to continue living in the place we love. Modifying the home is not as difficult as you think; the aim of the game is to create a home that is comfortable, safe and accessible.

Fitting grab bars can help people to keep their balance and enable them to rise and sit without too much trouble. Taking a bath or a shower can be all but impossible for those with limited mobility but creating a bathroom that is wheelchair accessible or a barrier free bathroom for those who have mobility and balance problems can make life worth living again. Barrier free showers, roll in showers and walk in tubs help people to stay in the comfort of their own homes.

Some of the most popular home modifications are ramps or walks. Wheelchair users will have no problem moving around their own home as long as the right type of ramp is fitted. In some cases it may be necessary to install a lift; a basic stair lift can help you to reach the upper floors but some may need to install an exterior platform lift to enable them to gain access to their home. It is well worth having a few home modifications done if you wish to remain safe and comfy in your own home.