According to an AARP survey (May, 2000) most older Americans want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
There are a number of improvements and modifications that can be made to improve the safety and quality of life for seniors living on their own. The AARP study indicated that making these simple improvements may allow seniors to live in their homes up to 10 years longer than they might have otherwise.
- Levered doorknobs.
- Grab bars in bathrooms and non-skid strips in bath tubs.
- Levered faucets in kitchen sinks
- Handrails on both sides of stairwells and on front and rear steps.
- Grab bars in showers;
- Removal of any door threshold.
- Movable shower heads for those who must sit.
- Portable shower seats.
- Widened doors
- Ramps in place of stairs