- Level entrances without steps: Entrances to homes, especially the main entrance, should be renovated to eliminate steps. If the entrance isn’t at the same level as the driveway or other approach to the home, a ramp should be added to easily accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility device.
- Wider doorways and hallways: Doorways and hallways should be widened to allow easy, unobstructed travel via wheelchair, walker, or other mobility device. Doorways should be at least 3 feet wide and hallways should be at least 4 feet wide, according to a 2013 survey of what homeowners want performed by the National Association of Home Builders.
- Complete bathroom on main level: The main level of the home should include a full bathroom with all necessary features. Features should include a walk-in shower, grab bars and elevated toilet seats.
- Non-slip floors: Flooring should be non-slip to help prevent accidents and falls, even on wet floors.
- Lower kitchen cabinets and counters: Kitchen cabinets and counters should be lowered to allow easier access by persons in wheelchairs. Cabinets could also include slide-out shelves to make it easier to reach items in the back.
Aging in place is a concept that allows homeowners to comfortably spend their later years in the home they’re accustomed to. It accommodates the needs of older residents who may have developed limitations in mobility, vision or physical ability. Here are some essential elements that will improve accessibility and make aging in place possible in your Newton home, even in multistory residences.