So just what is “universal design”? It is an increasingly popular home remodeling request to allow for comfort and safety regardless of the homeowner’s age. Two-thirds of all remodelers have seen an uptick in requests for aging in place remodels. And with the population increasingly going gray with the baby boomer generation, this is projected to be the most important issue affecting the remodeling industry over the next five years. The National Association of Home Builders, in conjunction with AARP even created a new program called the Certified Aging in Place Specialist program (CAPS) designed to teach professionals how to modify homes for aging in place. Since 2002, more than 2,200 people have completed the CAPS program, making it one of the fastest-growing educational programs at NAHB.

Aging in place modifications most frequently purchased by homeowners include:

  • Adding grab bars
  • Installing higher toilets
  • Upgrading to a curb-less shower
  • Widening doorways
  • Constructing ramps or lower thresholds
  • Enhancing lighting and task lighting

As a full service home health care agency, Live Free Home Health Care not only provides traditional l in-home care offerings based on each client’s needs, but can also recommend local contractors who are experienced in home renovations for seniors or disabled persons. For more links to information on universal design tips, click here.