Aging in place is the desire of many people but doing so comfortably can be a challenge. One of the keys to successful aging in place is to remodel your home to accommodate your needs.

Incorporate Universal Design

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), universal design is all about designing a home so that “people of all ages, health, and abilities can enjoy the same home, and that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.”

They further define specific common elements of universal design to consider in a remodel:

  • No-step entry. There is no need to use stairs to get into the home or main rooms.
  • One-story living. Places to eat, bathrooms, and bedrooms are all located on one level, which is barrier-free.
  • Wide doorways, 32-36 inches, let wheelchairs pass through.
  • Hallways should be 36-42 inches wide. This allows you to move easily from room to room.
  • Extra floor space, so everyone feels less cramped and there is enough space to maneuver a wheelchair.
  • Floors and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces are not just for people who are frail. Have handrails on steps and grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Thresholds that are flush with the floor.
  • Good lighting.
  • Use lever door handles and rocker light switches.

Consider a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

CAPS professionals know the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments.

A specialist goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions.

A CAPS professional has been trained in:

  • The unique needs of the older adult population.
  • Aging-in-place home modifications.
  • Common remodeling projects.
  • Solutions to common barriers.

CAPS professionals are not just home remodelers. They could be, for example, health care consultants who advise homeowners on modifications and then work with architects and remodelers to bring the project to completion.

When Hiring a Specialist

Look for the following:

  • Proof of liability insurance.
  • Proof of workers compensation coverage.
  • A valid business license.
  • Good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

Seek referrals from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others who have had similar work done. Contact trade associations such as the local Home Builders’ Association.

The National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) provides consumers with a list of items they should keep in mind when they are considering an aging in place project.

It is becoming more common to see the age at which people move into senior living residences rise. Assisted living residents are often an average of 85 years old. So, to insure lots of years left in your residence, bring it up to code and design it now for aging in place later.

What do you need to remodel in your home so it would be suitable for aging in place? Have you had to design a home for aging in place? What advice can you share with our community? Please use the comment box below.

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Ken Bitticks is our guest on the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Caregiving is the new norm. Everyone is just one phone call away from becoming a caregiver and needs to access vital information instantly 24/7 from anywhere. Using an organized cloud system automatically classifies, categorizes and indexes your life so that when you need it, you can find it. In addition to the joy and peace of mind you have, it can literally save your life and the lives of your loved ones. Your life story, pictures, values, and legacy can live on for generations to come. Ken will share information about Digital Life Cloud and real life scenarios users have faced where the Cloud literally helped save a life.

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Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Lisa is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Lisa is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, a global senior living design, project management and procurement company. She is also founder of, which curates the best products to Embrace Living as we age.

Her award winning company has expanded 149% over the past three years helping a diverse clientele that includes the top global senior living operators, the United States Air Force and Navy, the National Hockey League and many more.

Her newest book, Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living How Our Family Makes it Work is Lisa’s personal account of how her family has designed a home in which 4-Generations live together and lead productive, happy and healthy lives, even as the eldest member of the family struggles with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She is also the author of 2016’s THE FUTURE IS HERE…Senior Living Reimagined. And her 3rd book BOOM The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that You Can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive pre-release has already made #1 on Amazon Kindle in 4 countries!

His topic is: Leveraging Technology for Aging in Place

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Aging & Sexuality: Knowledge for Caregivers-Caregiver Smile Summit

Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown is our guest on the Caregiver Smile Summit.

This session will cover the basics of aging and sexuality, and how caregivers can support their patient, client, parent or significant other. We will cover autonomy, communication over-accommodation, and will discuss “normal” sexuality in later life. Additional information will be included on LGBT elders, biases including ageism within sexuality and aging, and sexuality in long term care. Hold on to your seats.

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