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According to a recent study by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), nearly 80 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed said they plan to age in place, which means living in their own home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age or ability level.


Making changes to the bathroom often makes aging in place easier for individuals of all ages. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the two most frequent aging-in-place modifications include adding grab bars (78 percent) and installing higher toilets (71 percent).


Instead of installing grab bars in a bathtub, many people opt to remove the tub altogether and install a shower with a low lip that is easier to get in and out of, which can help reduce bathroom accidents. Some even choose to eliminate the need to step over a lip of any sort and turn their space into a wet room, which features slightly sloped floors with a drain instead of an enclosed shower area.


Other changes that make aging in place possible for many include using brighter light bulbs, installing night lights, keeping floors clear of hazards and improving storage.


Those looking for help remodeling a bathroom that they can use into their golden years may consider enlisting the help of a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS), who is trained in designing to meet the unique needs of the older adult population and adding aging-in-place home modifications.

 

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