Older homeowners will be thankful that they put in grab bars and lever handles before they absolutely need them.
The New York Times reports that people in their 60s and older are being proactive when it comes to home renovations that make it easier to age in place. Some are opting for smaller cosmetic alterations, such as bathmats with suction cups and night lights, while others are outright customizing their homes.
Homeowners are adding more cabinet space, installing movable islands and extra lights, and lowering countertop heights.
Ms. Lynn said she spent about $12,000 to renovate two bathrooms. Her master bathroom has a new shower stall with a built-in corner seat, a removable shower head and niches so shampoo bottles are kept off the floor. The other bathroom still has a tub, but the old glass door was removed and replaced with a shower curtain. A walk-in shower is ideal for people with leg and vision problems, since it gets harder to step in and out of a tub as you age.