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For many older adults, their homes are not designed to accommodate the physical and cognitive challenges that come with aging. The Washington Post highlighted a remodeling project designed to accommodate the physical barriers for a 60-plus year-old couple. The Post reports:

Steep stairways, narrow hallways and other structural barriers can make an older home feel like an indoor obstacle course. A few universal design modifications can go a long way in helping residents of all ages live safely and comfortably in their homes.

The Post goes on to highlight universal design modifications remodelers can keep in mind that will make homes more timeless for clients. Smart home products like sensors and voice-controlled personal assistant devices can improve safety, security, and energy efficiency in homes. Remodelers can fall-proof homes by installing more handrails near stairs, modifying entryways to make the transition from outside to inside easier, and choosing slip-resistant flooring materials.

Remodelers can do the most benefit towards potentially older clients by renovating bathrooms with universal design in mind. Universal toilets, walk-in showers, and grab bars can all go a long way to making a bathroom accessible to allow aging in place to occur.

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