Home modifications can promote
independence and prevent accidents.

Home modification and repair can help prevent accidents and falls. Research by the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that one-third of home accidents can be prevented by modification and repair.

Modification to the home environment can be a key factor in increasing the likelihood of older persons remaining independent and injury-free in their homes.

Removing barriers and safety hazards also helps reduce the stresses associated with the reduction in physical capabilities as people age.

Home modification examples:

  • Lever door handles that operate easily with a push
  • Handrails on both sides of staircase and outside steps
  • Ramps for accessible entry and exit
  • Walk-in shower
  • Lever-handed faucets that are easy to turn on and off
  • C or D ring handles on cabinet doors and drawers for easy gripping

Reasons to install grab bars

  • Getting in and out of the tub or shower
  • Getting up from the shower chair or shower seat
  • Provide stability while you dry off
  • Provide stability while you transfer from a wheelchair
  • Getting up and sitting down of the toilet
  • Provide stability while you wash your feet
  • Provide stability while you dress
  • Assistance getting our of a chair or be

Vitality Shower

  • Walk-in shower
  • Hand-held flexible showerhead


Making your home accessible, from minor improvements to larger projects.

To view a checklist on hiring a contractor click on: BEFORE HIRING A CONTRACTOR

To view a checklist on fall prevention in the home click on: FALL PREVENTION CHECKLIST

To view a checklist on home safety click on: HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST

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