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Making a home more aging friendly - Aging in place safety issues.

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Home Inspector with Mid America Inspection Services, LLC North Dakota 19 & 93

 Making a home more aging friendly

 Aging in place safety issues.

 Buying a new home or remodeling a current residence, making our homes better serve our needs as we “mature” is often just a matter of a few simple changes.  These changes can make your home safer, easier to navigate and more comfortable and comforting.

 As always, the primary concern is safety and can often be addressed by the attention to a few details. Your Realtor or Home Inspector can often help in detailing these for you.

 Install grab bars in the bathrooms at the shower, tub and by the toilet. These should be installed by screwing firmly into wood studs or blocking to reduce chances of loosening. Grab bars are also useful by the bed and if there are steps from the garage to the house adjacent to the door.

 Install anti-scald valves on water supply to tub, showers and sink. Reduced sensitivity and increased reaction time can result in burns if the water is over 120 F.

 Provide illumination on stairwells, controlled from both the top and bottom of the stairs and mark the leading edge of each step so it can be easily distinguished.

 Handrails on both side of stairs can help provide additional security to those with reduce balance or needing additional support.

 Properly placed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with visual as well as audible signals help promote safety and provide peace of mind.

 Install gas detectors near gas ranges, water heaters, fireplaces and furnaces/boilers to detect any escaping gas.

 Consult with your Realtor or Home Inspector for more suggestion to make aging in place as safe and comforting as it should be.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Marshall. Good post with easy and inexpensive fixes for things that need to be addressed at some point so why not now. Great information. Have a good day.

Oct 16, 2011 01:58 AM
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
BSEE, CHI

Sheila, These are all things that may well impact our lives and those of our loved ones as we mature. I hope this makes considering them a little easier. Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 16, 2011 02:18 AM