Does your home meet your future livability requirements as you age? Use this checklist to determine whether you need to make changes or even consider moving to a more suitable home.
- Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?
- Does your home have a bedroom, full bath, and kitchen on one level?
- Are the doorways and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass?
- Do the doorknobs and faucets have lever handles, which are easier to use than rounded knobs?
- Are the kitchen counter tops mounted at varying heights so that they can be used while standing or seated?
- Can the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and shelves be reached easily?
- Does the bathtub or shower have a nonslip surface?
- Are there grab bars in the bathroom, or has the wall been reinforced so that they can be added?
- Are the hallways and staircases well lit?
- Are there secure handrails on both sides of stairways?
- Can light switches, electrical outlets, and thermostats be reached easily, even when seated?
- Can the windows be opened with minimum effort?
Source: AARP (2011)