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Old 02-27-2019, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I just finished posting in another thread suggestions for making our homes safer for ourselves if we plan on aging in place. I suggested remodeling the bath with handrails and seating, getting rid of throw rugs, putting laundry on the main level, living on on level, and getting a doorknob that opens with a code, instead of a key.

I know there are other things we can do to make our homes safer as we age. I imagine many of you have done some of them. I'd like to know what you plan to do and what you have done. And it is not just a matter of safety. Some things might make our lives easier.

What are your thoughts? What have you done? What do you plan on doing?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:39 AM
 
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I just finished posting in another thread suggestions for making our homes safer for ourselves if we plan on aging in place. I suggested remodeling the bath with handrails and seating, getting rid of throw rugs, putting laundry on the main level, living on on level, and getting a doorknob that opens with a code, instead of a key.

I know there are other things we can do to make our homes safer as we age. I imagine many of you have done some of them. I'd like to know what you plan to do and what you have done. And it is not just a matter of safety. Some things might make our lives easier.

What are your thoughts? What have you done? What do you plan on doing?

Thanks in advance.
We are planning on moving to an over 55 community, where there is no snow, and no potholes, and live in a house with no stairs.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:14 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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What are your thoughts?
Avoid reinventing any wheels or doing any of that piecemeal by anecdote.
NAHB age in place checklist HERE
AARP checklist HERE
The cost discussion HERE
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Get rid of the coffee table. Lots of accidents because of coffee tables.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:39 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Our local Council on Aging would send someone out to evaluate the home, free service. They would croak if they saw my stairs to the second floor - 8" tread, 8" riser.



Hey, at least we don't have to worry about covering the electric outlets!!
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:05 AM
 
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Some of this seems extreme to me like no coffee tables. I guess it all depends on your health and mobility. When I have to worry about falling from a coffee table, I think I'll throw in the towel.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:43 AM
 
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Replaced the tub/shower combo with a full size (3x5) walk-in shower with a handrail (Kohler upscales it by calling it a "shower barre", LOL.)

Installed two handrails along the three steps that go from the garage to the house (the front door is almost never used, entry/exit is through the garage 99.9% of the time.)

Converted one of the bedrooms into a giant closet so that everything is there, in the open and accessible; got rid of the existing closets in the other two rooms (which also gave those rooms more usable space.)

Removed all the interior doors except for the bathroom which has a pocket door, plus one small coat closet that is used only to store the vacuum cleaner, stepladder, etc.

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Old 02-28-2019, 07:53 AM
 
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Get rid of the coffee table. Lots of accidents because of coffee tables.
You can replace the table with a book like Kramer invented on the show 'Seinfeld' where you can make the book into a coffee table when needed.

Historically, books do less damage than tables.

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Old 02-28-2019, 08:06 AM
 
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We replaced all the door knobs in our home with levers to make it easier to open and shut them.


We put hand rails in the en suite shower.


ETA: We also put in handicapped toilets. With my back issues, the hand rails and toilets are already helpful.

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Old 02-28-2019, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Get rid of the coffee table. Lots of accidents because of coffee tables.
Those things used to attack me even when I was younger.
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