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AARP offers many resources with information and tips to help you get the most out of your home and community.  Our resources provide information on how to apply universal design principles to create attractive, comfortable, easy-to-navigate living spaces for all as well as tips for working effectively with designers, contractors, and industry specialists.  Other resources include key factors to look for in a home and community if you’re deciding to move or stay and more.

Steps to Making Your Home and Community Safer and Better (PDF): An AARP core publication on livable communities that includes information on home modification, universal design, transportation options within the community, and the AARP Driver Safety Program. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D19137.)

The AARP Home Fit Guide (PDF): Helps homeowners and renters keep their home in top form for comfort, safety, and livability.  Covered topics include home livability, safety, maintenance, energy conservation tips, universal design features that can help you age in place, how to hire a contractor and much more. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D18959.)

Taking Steps to Prevent Falling Head Over Heels (PDF): Includes steps to take to eliminate or fix potential hazards in and around the home that could lead to a fall. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D18781.)

Your Home and Community: Are They Ready for You? (PDF): Features an easy to use consumer evaluation guide that will help you rate your home and community for livability as you grow older. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D18566.)

No-Cost/Low-Cost Home Improvements for a More Comfortable, Safer, and Easy-to-Live-In Home (PDF): Includes lists of free and low cost improvements you can make to your home to increase its comfort, safety, and livability. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D19225.)

Mejoras Hogareñas Sin Costo O A Bajo Costo, Para Hacer Su Vivienda Más Cómoda, Segura Y Habitable (PDF): A Spanish translation of No-Cost/Low-Cost Home Improvements for a More Comfortable, Safer, and Easy-to-Live-In Home (See above). (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D19231.)

Your Home/Your Rights: How the Fair Housing Acts Helps Persons with Disabilities (PDF): Provides information and resources on the Fair Housing Act including what it is and who it covers. (To order the printed brochure, call 1-888-OUR-AARP and ask for Stock #D18810.)

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