Common Accessibility Solutions

In the future, homes will likely be designed to allow us to live safely and healthfully in our home from birth into our later years.  According to a recent AARP housing survey, “83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives,” but most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of people over the age of 65. Until homes are built to address the needs of people in all stages of life – utilizing universal design – there are a variety of modifications for our living environment to empower us to live life on our terms.

The table below is the result from a recent survey of the National Association of Home Builders of the most common accessibility solutions. Any modification done to the home should improve accessibility, independence, and safety. In addition, aging-in-place modifications are designed to promote ease of use, mobility within the home, flexibility in use, and safe, healthy living. When our living environment meets our physical needs, we are more likely to remain healthy and independent.

Grab Bars 80%
Higher Toilets 78%
Curbless Showers 59%
Wider Doorways 55%
Ramps & Lower Thresholds 46%
Lighting/Task Lighting 42%
Main Level Bedroom 21%

Resource: NAHB 2012