Renovations are among the most effective ways to assist older homeowners who want to live as they choose in their own homes for as long as possible. The accelerating trend known as “aging in place” is being ably supported by improvements specifically designed for seniors, including tub and shower assist bars, seat-height toilets with rails, scald-resistant faucets and hands-free lighting fixtures. In addition, some more significant (and more costly), renovations can contribute even further towards enabling seniors who look to extend their at-home independence and productivity.

For example, stair-lifts and personal elevators can enhance mobility and improve safety for seniors currently living in multi-level homes. Also, ramps to extra-wide doorways, level thresholds between rooms, lower countertops and adjustable height cupboards can accommodate those in wheelchairs and scooters. For those who relish independent living that includes housekeeping, a central-vac system might provide added autonomy, while a wireless medical alarm system might ease the worries of adult children whose senior parents are determined to live on their own.