Angie's List: Modifying seniors' homes

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by JON SASSER

WFAA

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 4:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 10:08 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of death from injury for those over 65.

Most of those are in the home. The National Association of Homebuilders trains people to be "Certified Aging in Place Specialists" or CAPS.

They work with older homeowners to modify homes. Modifications include installing "grab bars" or widening doorways to accommodate a walker or wheelchair and replacing bathtubs with walk-in shower and tubs.

"We want to prevent those falls, so simple things like grab bars. You know, the entrances and exits to your home, um proper lighting. Slip rugs-getting rid of those tripping/fall hazards", says Kent McCool who is a certified aging in place specialist. 

CAPS technicians say the most common work they do is modifying bathrooms where most falls happen.

To find a CAPS technician check out the National Association of Home Builders website. Costs can range from a few hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.

Something to consider if you'll be in your home at least another five years. for more information on his and other consumer related stories, log on to www.angieslist.com.

 

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