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Aging in Place: How to Prepare Your House for a Retrofit and Renovation

By Sixty and Me October 12, 2019 Caregiving

Many seniors prefer to spend their golden years in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, but the reality is that it’s not always safe to be home alone past a certain age. Accidents and illnesses may occur, and this is why many seniors eventually decide to pursue assisted living.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make our homes safer and better suited to meet our needs. Many have found that with a little remodeling and retrofitting, aging in place can be a much easier and more enjoyable experience.

In today’s video, Margaret talks to Brian Harvey of Harvey Home Modifications and Anthony Cirillo of The Aging Experience about what to consider when renovating the home for aging in place.

Is It Too Early to Consider Renovating?

One of the things that prevent people from renovating is that they think they aren’t “old enough” to need home renovations.

However, it’s important to get the renovations done early while homeowners are still physically capable of managing the task. It’s always a good idea to take preventive steps.

Think of it as renovating for safety rather than due to aging. After all, a good retrofit for aging in place will have a universal design that makes the home safe not just for you, but also for everyone who visits.

Top 3 Areas to Consider Renovating for Aging in Place

While a full home renovation is ideal, not everyone can afford to make changes to their entire house. If budget is an issue, go space by space instead. The three most vital areas to retrofit in a home would be the entrance, the bathroom, and the bedroom.


The entrance of the home is an important area to consider when making renovations for aging in place. Access is going to become an issue, so remove any steps at the entryways or ensure good wheelchair access.


The bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas of the home. Important renovations here include adding safety rails, removing the bathtub and replacing it with an easy-access shower, and installing non-slip floors.


And finally, consider having the bedroom renovated as well. Many people don’t think about this, but we all spend a majority of our time in the bedroom, which is why it’s important to make sure that it’s a safe place and that everything is easily accessible. Make sure that the bed is low to the ground, install safety rails in case of falls, and pick a closet that is efficient and easy to navigate.

A Safe Home Is a Happy Home

Aging at home has its challenges, but it’s certainly possible. With the right renovations, you can make your home an efficient and safe place to spend your retirement years.

Is aging in place part of your plan for the future? Have you decided to renovate your home? What upgrades do you have in mind? Share your thoughts with us in the discussion below!

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