This fall, AARP Mississippi will conduct a series of Home Fit workshops throughout the state. The workshops will focus on ways to make homes more livable as owners get older. Many people would like to stay in their own homes or communities for as long as possible. The workshop will guide participates in taking a fresh look at their current homes to see if it matches their needs now and if it will continue to meet their needs as they grow older.
One way to make a home livable for everyone is to incorporate design principles and features – often called universal design. Universal design is about creating a home that is adaptable, flexible, safe, and easy-to-use for all residents and visitors, regardless of age, size, or ability.
Things to consider when determining if your home will meet your future needs include:
- At least one step-free entrance into the home
- A bedroom, full bath, and kitchen on the main level
- Wide doorways and hallways
- Lever door and faucet handles
- Multi-height kitchen countertops that can be used while standing or seated
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets and shelves that are easy to reach
- A bathtub or shower with a non-slip bottom or floor
- Blocking in the bathroom walls so grab bars can be added as needed
- Well-lit hallways and stairways
- Secure handrails on both side of stairways
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