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Home improvements for senior citizen safety

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:55:21 AM

The older we get, the longer we want to maintain our independence. More Americans today are living at home well into their golden years instead of entering nursing homes, and most houses need a few upgrades to keep them accessible for seniors.  

When considering home improvement financing, it can help to think about our families, and make changes accordingly.

According to an AARP survey, most people over the age of 50 years old would prefer to stay in their homes well past retirement. Of the members questioned, 83 percent of those age 55 to 64 years old strongly want to remain in their homes, while 92 percent of those age 65 to 74 years old want to stay. The numbers keep increasing with age, and the older a family member becomes the more likely they are to want to live at home. 

Replacing carpets with hardwood can help with a wide range of limitations, such as impaired mobility or breathing problems. Many dust and pollen particles end up trapped in carpet, and that can turn into a nuisance for seniors. Removing or replacing furniture can also help navigate tight spaces. 

Adding additional lighting inside and outside the home will help improve visibility, and install easy-to access switches in every room. 

Home improvement financing can provide the funds needed to upgrade a home, and Home Loan Investment Bank has the tools to make the home safer for senior family members.