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Aging in Place in the Bay AreaQuality and Dependability on Every Home Renovation Project Since 2003

It is no secret that homeowners on the Peninsula and in the Bay Area love their homes and neighborhoods and they want to stay put as they grow older.

There are many simple home improvements that can provide you with increased safety, self-reliance, independence and allow you to maintain your dignity. These are commonly referred to as Aging-in-Place improvements.

The ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities is a great resource for ideas on how to make a home easier to live in and more accessible to people as they age.

Throughout Your Home:
  • Widening doorways and floor space to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers
  • Increasing space in front of countertops, sinks, bathtubs and showers to provide safer access
  • Replacing door knobs with lever handles
  • Slip-resistant flooring
  • Rehanging mirrors to wheelchair height
  • Adding brighter lighting throughout the home
  • Installing grab bars for stability and balance
  • Adjusting the height of thermostats and light switches

In the Bathroom:
  • Installing safety grab bars in shower and toilet areas
  • Replacing a traditional tub with an easy access walk-in tub
  • Replacing a tub with a walk-in shower and seat
  • Providing countertops with varying heights to accommodate standing and sitting
  • Insulating pipes that may be exposed to a person in a wheelchair
  • Adjusting the height of light switches or installing sensors that operate automatically
  • Install anti-scald devices on all faucets

In the Kitchen:
  • Add roll-out trays to the bottom of base cabinets to allow for easier access to items at the back of the cabinet
  • Add a lazy-susan to provide easier access to all items in a cabinet
  • Replace cabinet knobs with easier-to-use pulls
  • Use glare-free surfaces to provide easier viewing of items placed on top of surfaces or to see handles and knobs more clearly
  • Providing countertops with varying heights to accommodate standing and sitting
  • Replace a gas or electric cook top with an induction cook top which reduces the chance of someone with vision or memory challenges from burning themselves on a hot surface
  • Replace knob-style faucet with a lever-handled faucet which is easier for older hands to operate
  • Install anti-scald devices on all faucets

And you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety.

Let us show you how your home can transform into a place you can continue to enjoy safely as you age.


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