Living at home successfully often depends on how well your home can be adapted to meet your needs.
- Safety. Take a good look around and eliminate anything that might be dangerous. This might be as simple as taking up throw rugs, testing the temperature of bath water or wearing rubber-soled shoes. Or it may be more involved, like installing handrails in your bathroom or other areas.
- Accessibility. You need to be able to move freely within the house. Modifications can be as simple as rearranging the furniture or as involved as building a ramp.
- Independence. Your home should be modified so you can be as independent as possible. Often this means adding adaptive equipment like grab bars or transfer benches.