Resources on Housing Modifications for Aging at Home

safetyWe continue this year’s focus on housing with some guides to home modifications and home remodeling.  A residence can be made more age-friendly with small changes such as removal of tripping hazards, and with larger efforts such as improved lighting or creating a step-free entrance to a shower.  The AARP has a series of Home-Fit Guides and worksheets, accessed online through http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/aarp-home-fit-guide-aging-in-place.html  Paper copies of guides such as “AARP Home-Fit Guide” and “AARP No-Cost/Low-Cost Ideas” can be obtained by calling the toll-free number 888-687-2277.

The Town of Brookline offers guides such as “Aging at Home”  http://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/View/197 and “Listing of Funding Programs for Home Improvements” http://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/View/196  — for paper copies, contact the Housing Division at 617-730-2130.  For home owners, see the National Association of Home Builders “Aging-in-Place Remodeling” https://www.nahb.org/en/consumers/homeownership/aging-in-place-vs-universal-design/aging-in-place-remodeling.aspx

The BrooklineCAN web site in its Links section http://www.brooklinecan.org/links.html lists a number of relevant articles and web sites  under the categories “Age-Friendly Design” and “Housing”.

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