5 Home Modification Trends in U.S.
Updated: Feb 17
Home modifications are becoming the norm across the United States and many houses in America were not designed for the safety and comfort for the elderly. Home improvement in these areas can help seniors comfortably age in their own homes with minimal assistance. Between 2020 and 2030 alone, the number of older adults is projected to increase by almost 18 million. This means by 2030, 1 in 5 Americans is projected to be 65 years old and over but more than 95% of US homes lack aging-in-place features to make them safe and accessible for wheelchair users and seniors with other mobility challenges.
Here are some of the latest home modification trends that are assisting the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The home modification movement is leading to an increase in disability inclusion and we are seeing a lot of organizations and individuals working hard for this cause.
We are witnessing an increase in the availability of technology devices that help individuals and caregivers make their lives easier. There are various devices available in the market that monitor the activities of disabled individuals and can report the lack of activity to family members & nurses to help in providing timely medical care if needed.
These smart home products also enable easier communication between family members and seniors or disabled individuals and add value to their lives.
Most homes are built in a way that make it difficult for wheelchair users to enter these places without using stairs. This makes the mobility of seniors and disabled people almost impossible and they are left at the helm of their caregivers for going outside or inside the homes. This is why there is an increasing trend of creating inclined wheelchair ramps and vertical lifts at the entryway of homes.
3. Wider Doorways
Narrow doorways are one of the obstacles frequently encountered by disabled people. This is why wider doorways are an increasing trend and disabled individuals can easily move using wheelchairs and walking assistance.
Normally western homes are built with bedrooms on the second floor. This is a major hindrance for disabled and senior adults in participating in everyday life. This is why Stair lifts are becoming the norm that are easily installed along the stairs and it can remove a major obstacle in their lives.
Bathrooms also need to be upgraded when there are seniors and disabled people living in a homes. From sturdy grab bars to walk-in tubs and a fold down seat in the shower are some of the many bathroom upgrade options that can make the lives of seniors easier. These modifications are particularly important as every senior and disabled person needs to use the bathroom multiple times a day and having proper tools in place can really make their bathroom experience easier and reduce the chances of any unfortunate incidents.