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Adapting for later in life

Sep 5, 2019 12:24:00 PM

A comfortable care-free retirement can often stem from being in a comfortable low-maintenance home. If you are looking ahead to where you want to be and how you want to live, you need to consider a number of options.

Ask yourself whether it’s time to sell the wooden home on the large block with high-maintenance gardens to enjoy the luxury lifestyle of a coastal apartment.


Maybe you are looking ahead to a comfortable retirement in your existing home. If so, start you early planning to make a few key adaptations to make it easier and safer to carry out activities such as bathing, cooking and climbing stairs.

The following checklist is a good guide to how you can address any potential problem areas

  • Difficulty getting in and out of the shower
  • Slipping in the tub or shower
  • Difficulty turning faucet handles and doorknobs
  • Access to home
  • Inadequate heating or ventilation
  • Difficulty climbing stairs


Possible solutions

  • Install grab bars, shower seals or transfer benches
  • Place non-skid strips or decals in the tub or shower
  • Replace faucet handles with level handles
  • Install ramps to doors
  • Install insulation, double-glazing, air conditioning and good quality curtains
  • Install handrails for support


While you’re at it, consider these tips for adapting your home to changing needs

  • Remove unnecessary throw rugs and fasten down rugs or floor runners to prevent slipping.
  • Move furniture to create clear walking paths.
  • Keep objects off the floor and coil or secure cords to the wall to prevent tripping.



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