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Home Modification and Repair

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Home Modification and Repair includes adaptations to homes that can make it easier and safer to carry out activities such as bathing, cooking, and climbing stairs and alterations to the physical structure of the home to improve its overall safety and condition.

WHY IS HOME MODIFICATION AND REPAIR IMPORTANT?

  • Home modification and repair can help prevent accidents such as falls. Research suggests that one-third to one-half of home accidents can be prevented by modification and repair.
  • Home modification and repair can allow people to remain in their homes. Older people tend to live in older homes that often need repairs and modifications. Over 60% of older persons live in homes more than 20 years old. Home modification and repair can accommodate lifestyle changes and increase comfort.

How Can Home Modification and Repairs Promote Independence and Prevent Accidents?

TYPICAL PROBLEMS:

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:

Difficulty getting in and out of the shower

Install grab bars, shower seals or transfer benches

Slipping in the tub or shower

Place non-skid strips or decals in the tub or shower

Difficulty turning faucet handles/doorknobs

Replace with lever handles

Access to home

Install ramps

Inadequate heating or ventilation

Install insulation, storm windows and air conditioning

Problems climbing staffs

Install handrails for support

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