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Must-Haves for a Mature Household

According to the AARP and National Association of Home Builders, the aging population will be the number two issue affecting the remodeling industry over the next five years.  Why? Because today’s homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to live independently in their current homes… even if it means remodeling to meet their needs.

Whether you modify your current house – or purchase new – these are some must-haves to ensure you’ll have a safe, secure and easily maintained home to age in place:

 Floor Plan

  • Open floor plan with wide, accessible paths
  • Single-story home or a two-story with a first-floor master bedroom


  • First-floor master bathroom equipped with safety products, such as grab bars, elevated toilet seats and shower chairs
  • Curbless shower, featuring a handheld showerhead with an extra long hose
  • Adjustable- or varied-height countertops

Kitchen and Laundry

  • Adjustable- or varied-height countertops
  • Upper wall cabinetry three inches lower than conventional height
  • Pullout kitchen faucet with lever handles
  • First-floor laundry with front-loading machines

Electrical and Security

  • Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms
  • Security system connected to police, fire and EMS
  • Flashing porch light or 911 switch


  • Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces
  • Less than ½-inch pile carpet with firm padding


  • Low-maintenance exteriors, such as vinyl or brick
  • Covered garage or carport
  • Handrails near steps

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