More seniors are choosing to stay in their homes as they age. According to a study by the AARP, only 5 percent of Americans ages 65 and older live in group quarters such as nursing homes.
From narrow hallways to steep stairs, design elements in typical houses can make remaining at home difficult in the golden years. However, basic upgrades, such as handrails and ramps, can go a long way toward making homes safer for seniors.
There are other small senior-friendly changes that can even make homes more environmentally friendly and lead to lower utility bills.