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Transitions in Aging

Aging in Place

Home Modification

Photo of a man using a wheelchair while using stove

  • Creating a home that is physically accessible
    • Can support us in activities of daily living safely and independently
    • Can help reduce accidents and falls

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Notes and References

When we grow older, we experience some changes in our physical abilities.

For example, it becomes more difficult for us to reach the top of a kitchen shelf or to bend over to tie our shoelaces. Therefore, as we get older, it can become harder for us to move around even in the homes we are familiar with. Creating a home that is physically accessible can support us to carry out activities of daily living safely and independently.1 Modifying or restructuring our house may be necessary in order to make the space accessible and to reduce the possibility of physical accidents or falls.2


  1. Stafford, P.B., & Harlan-Simmons, J. (2003). Home modification services in Indiana: Statewide survey results and recommendations for public policy and programs. Prepared for the Indiana Housing Finance Authority and the Indiana Governor's Planning Council for People with Disabilities. Retrieved from:
  2. National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification. (n.d.). Home modification resources: Safety for older consumers. Retrieved from: