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Home Renovations To Age In Place

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As we get older, we go through physical changes that may affect how we move about in our home. With reverse mortgages, homeowners are able to make the adjustments needed for their comfort and safety by using the money from their home equity to pay for renovations or simple additions to the home for safety.

Home Renovations

Here are some ways you can protect yourself by fixing up your home.

1. Bathrooms:

Older individuals can assist themselves in their bathrooms by adding grab rails at the entrance of the shower or bathtub. Grab rails are great for aging individuals because it provides the stability that they need to transfer in and out of the tub or shower. Adding non-slip mats can help prevent slipping in the bathtub.

2. Kitchens:

Homeowners could look into renovating the kitchen to help fit their physical needs and make kitchen items more accessible, such as lowering cabinets. Additional safety precautions would be making sure that there is a smoke detector nearby and a fire extinguisher available in the kitchen. In going over the needs of your kitchen, it may also be time to replace kitchen appliances like ovens and stoves and upgrade them for more user-friendly models.

2. Rugs & loose floorboards/tiles:

With aging, comes the risk of losing stability and balance. While yoga and exercise can be means of preventative care, homeowners should also protect themselves in their surrounding. Loose rugs can be taped down to prevent tripping. As for loose floor boards or tiles, repairs should be done.

3. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:

Everyone should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their home. Be consistent in testing the batteries to make sure that they are working when you need it to work. Homeowners who may be hard of hearing should also look into installing the detectors in areas that you frequent, such as the bedroom, kitchen or living room.

4. Lighting

Ensure that good lighting is available throughout areas in your home that you frequent. Good visibility would help prevent any accidents that may occur. Homeowners could also install motion sensor lights outside the home, which could provide protection by deterring potential criminals from breaking into the home.

A reverse mortgage can be a great option to help pay for renovations or simple safety modifications for your home. If you are are interested in a reverse mortgage, contact a Senior Advisor today at 1-888-808-8486 to learn more about how a reverse mortgage can help you!

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