We all want to live in our own home for as long as possible.

As we grow older, we may have to make home modifications to better accommodate our changing needs and allow for safer and more comfortable living at home. Suggested home modifications for seniors aging in place should include:


  • Entries and doorways should be an appropriate height and width, and ideally have no step
  • Paths should be clear and unobstructed to avoid dangerous collisions, falls, etc. 
  • Outdoor walkways should be wide enough for easy walking and well lit –  guiding lights lining the walkway are helpful 
  • Ideally, outer doors should have one outside door lock and levered door hardware vs multiple complex locks and a knob 
  • Light sensors are helpful, especially focusing on the front-door lock
  • Choose a convenient and roughly waist-level spot to place packages on when opening the door to avoid unnecessary bending over
  • Use slip-resistant and non-glare flooring. 
  • Carpeting should be less than half-an-inch thick and securely attached
  • Surface level changes should be indicated using colour/texture contrast 
  • For ramps, each 12 inches of length should have a slope no greater than one-inch rise, with adequate handrails 
  • For each ramp provide a five-foot landing at the entrance and include two-inch curbs for safety
A smiling nurse helps an older woman
A senior man uses handrails to help climb stairs


  • Increase stair visibility with the use of lighting and contrast strips on each step 
  • Ensure there are handrails on both sides of the stairway, wide enough to grasp securely


  • Windows should have easy-to-use, lightweight hardware 
  • Ideally, window sills should be low and windows tall for plenty of natural light
  • Use pull-back curtains instead of blinds – easy to operate windows
An elderly woman sitting at a kitchen table
Special handles for the faucet help seniors grip


  • All faucets should feature easy-to-use lever handles rather than knobs or turn handles 
  • Install thermostatic or anti-scald controls


  • Ensure all appliances have easy-to-read controls 
  • Install an electric stove with level burners as well as a light to indicate when the surface is hot 
  • Stove controls should be near the front 
  • Choose a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer 
  • Front-loading washer/dryers as well as dishwashers are easier to use,  but should be on raised platforms to avoid unnecessary bending 
  • Microwave oven should be in the wall or at counter height
An older woman cooks on a stove in her kitchen
An older woman hangs a quilt on a clothes line


  • Space beneath counters should have shelves or pull-out cabinetry
  • Cabinets and drawers should have loop handles for easy grip and pull
  • Consider using glass-front cabinet doors and/or open shelving for easy access 
  • Corner cabinets should include lazy susans 
  • Install seating near work areas, to allow sitting rather than standing 
  • Closets should have easy-to-operate handles, be well-lit, with adjustable closet rods and shelves
  • Lower drawers should be deep and upper drawers should be shallow


  • Ensure light switches are easily accessible 
  • The home should be well lit and more lights should be installed if necessary, ideally automatic sensor-lights or timer-based lights
  • Install nightlights in hallways, bathrooms, and staircases
  • Use touch light switches, with glow in the dark stickers or indicator lights 
  • Ensure there is clear access space in front of switches and controls
  • Install an easy-to-use security system
  • Choose an easy-to-read thermostat
An older man adjusts a bed side lamp for reading


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