How can I make my home more accessible for aging in place?

1. Install handrails and grab bars in critical areas such as the bathroom, staircase, and entranceways.

2. Replace doorknobs and faucets with lever handles for ease of use and to accommodate individuals with arthritis or limited hand dexterity.

3. Install ramps or lifts for easier wheelchair or walker access.

4. Upgrade lighting to improve visibility and prevent accidents.

5. Install non-slip flooring or add gripper pads to prevent slips, trips, and falls.

6. Consider adding a walk-in shower or bathtub to eliminate the dangers associated with stepping up and over ledges.

7. Install an elevated toilet seat to make it easier to sit down and stand up.

8. Create a ground-level bedroom and bathroom for individuals unable to climb stairs.

9. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a home security system with medical emergency alert options.

10. Remove tripping hazards, such as loose rugs, cords, or clutter, from high traffic areas.