Modifying a home can make it safer and more accessible for elders to live independently longer. Home modifications adapt a living space so that the homeowners can live safely, perform everyday tasks more easily and live independently despite their physical limitations. Home modifications can be as simple as adding a hand rail in the bathroom or as complex as removing a staircase for a wheelchair ramp.
Many elders have houses that were built before architects thought about spaces that were accessible to everyone. Narrow stairs and doorways are fine for someone of a younger age but could be dangerous for senior citizens.