Being safe and comfortable is a large part of living well. Home modifications and repairs can help everyone, especially the elderly and those with disabilities. We can help maintain an independent lifestyle and prevent accidents. Making improvements for independence before they are needed is a good way to ensure a home is ready for aging. Improvements may help prevent falls which often cause the need for long term care. Changes such as adding grab bars in bathrooms, adding walk in tubs, making showers low thresh hold are great ways to start. It may also make sense to widen doorways and lower counter top heights for someone who uses a wheelchair. A chairlift to aid going up and down stairs is also a great way to avoid injuries. Here is a checklist to help identify areas that might need improvements. Are exterior walkways and entrances well lit? Is there a step free entrance to the home? Are entrance doors easy to lock, open and close? Does the main floor include a kitchen, bedroom and full bathroom? Are doorways wide enough for someone using a wheelchair? Are hallways, staircases, bathrooms well lit? Are area rugs secured to the floor with grips? Are walkways free from obstructions? Do stairways have sturdy handrails on both sides? Can bathroom and kitchen cabinets be easily reached? Is there a low step shower entrance? Are grab bars available neat the toilet, shower walls and home entrance? Do showers and bath tubs have non slip mats? Do smoke alarms have visual as well as audio alerts? Are telephones and emergency supplies easily accessible on all floors? Minor and major improvements costs may vary, but save you money in the long run. Call us for your free estimate.