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5 of the Best American Standard Kitchen Faucets for Aging-in-Place

When the time comes to begin an aging-in-place remodel, it’s important to take into consideration everyday items in the home that may become potential obstacles. One obstacle that may arise is the kitchen faucet. Whether it’s a decrease in hand strength, an increase in temperature sensitivity or a variety of other challenges, the right kitchen … Read more

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The Best Berlin Modisch Passage Door Levers for Aging in Place

If you’re an avid reader of this site, you probably know that I greatly prefer handles and levers to knobs and handlesets. This is because any entry hardware that requires you to squeeze or depress something causes pain for those with arthritis. That’s why I really like levers for passage doors around the house, and … Read more

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5 of The Best Schlage Passage Door Levers for Aging-in-Place

Passage door levers can play an important role when upgrading the aging-in-place home. The purpose of these door handles is to provide a non-locking system for hallways, closets, and rooms that don’t need privacy. One benefit of switching out door knobs for passage levers is they are easier to open for older adults with arthritis. … Read more

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Best Chrome Cabinet Handles for the Aging-in-Place Home

If you are looking to upgrade the aging-in-place home, consider swapping out the pre-existing cabinet handles and drawer pulls for chrome handles. Chrome handles are stylish and sleek and can immediately make any room look more modern. They are also easier to grab and pull open compared to a small knob. If your loved one … Read more

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The Best Chrome Door Levers for Aging-in-Place

If you are upgrading your loved one’s home to make it more aging-in-place friendly, switching out doorknobs for door levers is a great place to start. It can be hard for those with arthritis in their hands to grasp onto doorknobs and turn them without resulting in pain. Door levers are much easier to turn … Read more

The Best Medical Alert Products for Aging-in-Place

Medical alert technology is a great idea for your loved ones who may live alone in an aging-in-place home. These different devices can alert medical professionals and family members that they need help in an emergency situation. There’s a variety of styles including lanyards, bracelets, or panic buttons. The Best Medical Alert Products Assistive Technology … Read more

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The Best Smart Speakers for Aging-in-Place

Smart speakers are a great addition to the Aging-in-Place home. While some may try and stay away from newer technology, these speakers are easy to use and worth the money. Not only do smart speakers play music from multiple streaming services, they can also play audiobooks and podcasts. Many smart speakers come with Alexa or … Read more

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The Best Smart Locks for Aging-in-Place

If your loved one is struggling with the hassle of using small keys, perhaps because of arthritis or pain in the hands, smart locks are a great solution. Most smart locks can be controlled from a phone or use a keypad instead of a key to unlock, making it easier to lock and unlock. You … Read more

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The Best Shower Hose Extenders for Aging-in-Place

Shower Hose Extenders are an aging-in-place upgrade that serves a few beneficial purposes for your loved ones. They make cleaning showers or bathtubs extremely simple by allowing you to reach all corners of the area without reaching too far or risking slipping inside of the shower. Shower hose extenders also make it easier to wash … Read more

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The Best Shower Head Extensions for Aging-in-Place

In the aging-in-place home, it’s important for your loved one to have a shower head that is versatile to perfectly fit their shower head style, and also adjust to the ideal height and angle. Making sure the shower head extension is easy to adjust and high quality to ensure no leaking or breaks is also … Read more

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The Best Swing Arm Bathroom Mirrors for Aging-in-Place

As your loved ones get older and their eyes start changing, it may be harder to see in the mirror when getting ready if it’s against the wall and unaccessible. Swing arm mirrors are a reliable solution for this problem. They are easy to move in and out and adjust to the perfect spot. Not … Read more

Best Bath Mats for Aging-in-Place

The bathroom can be a scary place for adults as they age. Older adults slip and fall in the bathroom at a higher rate than any other room in the home. And, the fear of falling in the shower or while at the sink is a real worry for older adults that often adds another … Read more

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5 Clever Drawer Opening Hardware Products for Aging in Place

Innovations to Make Aging-in-Place with Arthritis Easier and Less Painful Arthritis doesn’t give old, sore hands a moment’s rest. Every movement you make is a reminder of how even small tasks like opening up a drawer can make living at home as you age so much harder. Smart aging-in-place design doesn’t just protect older adults … Read more

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My Favorite Purdy Painting Tools for Aging in Place

After you complete a home painting project, I’m willing to bet you understand the difference between a good quality painting tool and a bad one. There’s nothing more frustrating than a brush that creates a sea of paint streaks or a roller that leaves lint behind. If you can relate, you’re probably not surprised to … Read more


Decluttering Aging-in-Place Home Entryways

You may not think much about running out of the house when you’re late for an appointment or walking in with an arm full of groceries. But, when you’re older, walking out the door and coming back inside start to become a challenge. Sore joints, mobility issues, and difficulty maintaining balance start to interfere with … Read more

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Decluttering the Aging-in-Place Bedroom

40+ years of clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, blankets – it’s a lot to ask one room to hold. With so many things tucked into one space, the aging-in-place bedroom can be one of the more difficult spaces to declutter. But that’s also why it’s such an important room to tackle. Your parent needs to be … Read more


Decluttering the Aging-in-Place Bathroom

Safety is the big concern with every aging-in-place bathroom renovation. What many aging-in-place DIYers don’t realize, however, is that once the renovation is complete, the work to keep the bathroom safe is far from over – and the battle against bathroom clutter begins. Bathroom Clutter Creates Major Safety Issues for Older Adults Cluttered bathrooms and … Read more

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Decluttering the Aging-in-Place Kitchen

Take a walk around your parent’s kitchen. Peek inside a few cabinets, look under the sink, and notice what’s on the countertop. Are you bombarded by clutter? If you are, then you have some work to do. A cluttered kitchen makes cooking and cleaning more difficult if your parent can’t find what they need. And, … Read more


The Top 3 Aging-in-Place Renovation Myths…Busted!

Years after the aging-in-place trend first took off, and as more and more older adults choose to live at home as they age, I’m still surprised by how many misconceptions there are about aging-in-place design. These misconceptions have spurred major aging-in-place renovation myths and, as a result, confusion has taken hold. To make good decisions, … Read more

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The 5 Most Common FAQs of Aging-in-Place Remodeling

Most of the DIYers I speak with who are trying their hand at creating an aging-in-place home are facing the same challenges and asking the same questions as everyone else. Renovating an aging-in-place home isn’t easy, especially with all of the added safety considerations needed for your parent to live at home longer. In this … Read more


Decluttering the Aging-in-Place Home

As you’re planning your major aging-in-place home remodeling and renovation projects, my guess is that decluttering isn’t on your short list of to-dos. However, clutter can be a big safety issue in aging-in-place homes. The most obvious benefit of decluttering: removing clutter means you’re removing tripping hazards. Beyond physical safety, an aging-in-place home should care … Read more

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The Best Exterior Lighting for Aging in Place

It’s not easy to get from the car to the front door and into the house without the help of exterior lighting. We’ve all been there – standing at the door in the dark fumbling for the house key and then struggling to fit the key into the doorknob. Now imagine yourself in that scenario … Read more

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The Best Recessed Lighting Products for Aging in Place

Recessed lighting is a relatively cost-effective way to add a beautiful finishing touch to any room in the home. And yet this kind of lighting often gets placed in the home improvement box labeled ‘luxury’ and ignored by budget-conscious DIYers. The truth is that recessed lights are as economical and practical as they are stylish, … Read more

AIP Home Renovations for Your Live-In Caregiver

As people begin to age in their homes, there comes a time when either they or their family members start questioning whether staying home is the safest option, and rightfully so. Traditional homes offer many obstacles such as stairs, slippery floors, high cabinets, less-than-ideal lighting for aging eyes, and numerous other challenges for older adults. … Read more

How to Renovate Small Bathrooms for Aging in Place

If you’re just starting to think about an upcoming small bathroom remodel for aging in place, your head is probably spinning. There’s so much to consider in a standard bathroom remodel. With the added layer of creating a safe bathroom for aging in place, you have what can feel like a million decisions to make. … Read more

How to Install Recessed Lighting for Aging in Place

As we age, our eyes start to play tricks on us. It gets harder to see clearly, especially in low-lit rooms and this is compounded further by our reduced ability to define contrast in low light. You can imagine the dangers of an older adult trying to navigate a dark home. It’s a perfect recipe … Read more

The Best Task Lights for Aging in Place

Light equals safety when you’re aging in place. Older eyes need more light than younger eyes, but it’s not just the quantity of the light that matters – it’s the quality of light and how it’s used around your home. Quality light also contributes to comfort, confidence and overall wellbeing. If your parent can see … Read more

How to Install a Pull Out Pantry for Aging in Place

Anyone who’s lived with a deep pantry knows the struggle of losing cans and boxes to the back of the cabinet, never to be seen again. Pull out pantries are a great addition to any kitchen. They let you see everything and keep it all within reach. For an aging-in-place kitchen, I consider pull out … Read more

The 4 Best Dimmer Switches for Aging in Place

Aging-in-place home lighting can be tricky. On one hand, your home needs to be well lit so you, your parent, or loved one can safely see where they’re going. However, as we age our eyes become more sensitive to light and even moderately bright lights can cause discomfort or headaches. An easy-to-use dimmer switch is … Read more

10 of the Best Cabinet Pulls and Knobs for Aging in Place

Kitchen cabinet pulls and bathroom drawer knobs are minor considerations in your overall DIY aging-in-place home renovation project, right? Wrong! Our hands stiffen and become sore with age – there’s no way around it. Large or small, any product you’re incorporating into your remodel that impacts an older adult’s hands needs to measure up to … Read more

Smart Storage Solutions for the Aging-in-Place Bathroom

Our job as aging-in-place builders and designers is to make life easier, less painful, and more comfortable for older adults. Something as simple as a smart storage solution that makes everyday household items easier to reach can help us make big progress towards this goal. Let’s take a look at the bathroom – the room … Read more

5 of the Best Shower Faucet Handles for Aging in Place

A relaxing shower can provide a lot of therapeutic health benefits for an older adult aging in place. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous activities your parent or loved one does each day. Building a shower with proper aging-in-place design features will help them live independently for a much longer period … Read more

Essential Safety Accessories for the Aging-in-Place Bathroom

I can’t overemphasize the importance of safety in the aging-in-place bathroom. It’s the most common room in the home for an older adult to get hurt and seriously injured. And it’s no surprise why. Bathroom floors easily get wet and showers have to withstand slippery soaps and shampoos that cling to the shower floor. Unless … Read more

5 of the Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets for Aging in Place

Making decisions that impact the potential safety and wellbeing of your loved one as they age in place isn’t easy. When I talk with DIYers planning an aging-in-place home renovation, the stress of choosing the safest products seems especially high in the kitchen – a potentially dangerous room in the home where slips, falls and … Read more

5 of the Best Delta Kitchen Faucets for Aging in Place

Designing any kitchen – especially an aging-in-place kitchen – can be an extremely overwhelming task. Before you start sketching, shopping and comparing color swatches, keep in mind that there are really only three primary goals for an aging-in-place kitchen.  Reduce Pain Increase Comfort Create a Safe Environment As you work through your aging-in-place kitchen plans, … Read more

10 of the Best Delta Bathroom Faucets for Aging-in-Place

When I talk with DIYers in the early planning stages of an aging-in-place bathroom renovation, they almost always ask me which bathroom faucets are the safest and which one they should buy. My answer: an ADA-compliant bathroom faucet from Delta.  Why ADA-Compliant? Back in the ‘90s, the American Disabilities Act, or ADA, was passed mandating … Read more

Best Door Levers for Adults with Arthritis

For older adults aging in place, especially those living with arthritis, simple tasks like opening and closing doors can be extremely painful. Swapping out door knobs for easy-to-open door levers is a great way to immediately reduce the discomfort older adults with arthritis experience in their home. Installing a new door lever is almost always … Read more

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Converting a Tub to a Zero-Threshold Shower

Our shower can become a dangerous place as we age. Nearly one in three injuries among elderly adults happens in the bathroom, most while showering or bathing. Traditional bathrooms have high-threshold tubs and getting in and out is one of the biggest challenges for someone who’s bound to a wheelchair or has any type of … Read more

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How to Widen a Doorway for Aging in Place

One of the biggest challenges I see time and time again in aging in place design is figuring out how to help someone safely move from room to room in their home. And, when that aging parent or friend relies on a wheelchair or faces other mobility issues, accessibility becomes an even greater challenge. Modern … Read more

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Lighting Product Suggestions for Aging in Place

As we age, it’s natural for our eyes to begin to change. Those natural changes, however, affect everyone differently. Some older adults may not be able to make out small details like they once could, while others may develop an increased sensitivity to glare. The simple addition of lamps and light fixtures can help reduce … Read more

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Kitchen and Bathroom Faucet Recommendations for Aging in Place

When approaching an aging-in-place remodel, it’s important that all homeowners take a look at their environment and identify potential obstacles that could impact their daily life. One of those obstacles may be the type of faucets and sinks around the home. Kitchen and bathroom faucets provide a unique challenge for aging adults. Limited dexterity, worsening … Read more

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How to Age in Place Without Losing Your Style

When beginning the transition to age in place, just about all of my clients ask me if their home is going to look clinical or institutional after the renovations are done. The answer is “no” – no one aging in place should have to sacrifice design and aesthetics for function and safety. Finding stylish aging-in-place … Read more

6 Ways to Incorporate Smart Technology into Your AIP Renovation

While America may be graying, our society is changing by the minute. Technological advancements have impacted almost every aspect of our lives, and it’s safe to say this trend will continue. Smart technology has been a huge asset for aging-in-place design. Today, a wide range of assistive devices are available to help retirement-age adults stay … Read more

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The Basic Information You Need to Know About Aging in Place

Aging in Place – Frequently Asked Questions  What is AIP? Aging in Place, commonly shortened to AIP, is when a person makes the conscious decision to stay in their home as they age. In order to do so, they may incorporate home modifications to improve their living conditions and maintain a good quality of life. … Read more

9 Priorities to Consider for the Aging in Place Home

Creating an environment that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional for your aging-in-place home may seem like a huge undertaking. Most people have a misconception that aging in place means creating a sterile environment that feels more like a medical facility than a home. I can tell you that not only is this not true, but … Read more

9 Safety Considerations for the Aging in Place Home

Whether you’re entering retirement or experiencing it, remodeling your home has probably been on your mind for a while. Now, it’s finally time to implement all the ideas you’ve had during your working years and make your dreams a reality in your golden ones. As you start to plan, focus on creating a home that … Read more

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5 Types of Aging in Place Design

The Five Types of AIP Design and How They Impact Aging Adults You’re ready to begin your aging in place project, but the design options seem infinite. You know there are some basic features, but the design must be right for you, your friends, and your family. Choosing the right design is key to having … Read more

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What to Expect from Your AIP Contractor Estimate

What You Can Expect from Your Aging in Place Contractor Estimate Thinking about remodeling your home for aging in place? If so, you’ll need to understand the importance of an accurate contractor estimate. This means becoming familiar with the terminology contractors use and ensuring the estimate includes every detail of the scope of work you … Read more

Aging in Place Without Losing Your Style

5 Issues With Adapting Your Kitchen For Aging In Place

The kitchen is typically one of the rooms in which you spend large amounts of time, whether it be creating a meal for one, or inviting family and friends to join you. When adapting a kitchen for aging in place, it’s important for the kitchen to retain that significance, so that you may keep alive … Read more