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Easy Adaptions to Aging-in-Place

I just got done reading an article in USA Today on aging in place remodels for boomers that are getting to be “the age” where a few modifications can be a big assistance to staying put in the golden years, and have to say, when I saw the list of most popular aging in place updates, compiled by our friends at NAHB, I thought, “Some of these are an absolute no-brainer, they’re so easy to implement.”

A percentage of projects remodelers have done in the last year to be able to age in place: (For a complete checklist, click here.)

Grab bars 78%
Higher toilets 71%
Wider doorways 57%
Added lighting/task lighting 45%
Non-slip flooring 20%
Easy to read thermostats 13%

They’ve got the numbers, stability and  spending power...make a few easy adaptions to meet their needs and you’ll uncovered a unique marketing niche, or you may discover you keep a resident you otherwise might have lost.

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While, not so easy to implement, the most frequent resident request at a recent renovation of an over 55 community was to replace one of the bathtubs with a low curb shower. Many seniors find stepping in and out of the tub difficult (even with grab bars). New thermostats and granite counters were also frequent requests.

  Bruce Francis

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