AARP suggests asking yourself these questions to determine how well your home meets your current and future living requirements:
• Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?
• Does your home have a bedroom, full bath and kitchen on one level?
• Are the doorways and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass?
• Do the doorknobs and faucets have lever handles, which are easier to use than rounded knobs?
• Are the kitchen countertops mounted at varying heights, so they can be used while standing or seated?
• Can the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and shelves be reached easily?
• Does the bathtub or shower have a nonslip surface?
• Are there grab bars in the bathroom, or has the wall been reinforced so they can be added?
• Are the hallways and staircases well lighted?
• Are there secure handrails on both sides of stairways?
• Can light switches, electrical outlets and thermostats be reached easily, even when seated?
• Can the windows be opened with minimum effort?
Adaptive Living Partners has a more extensive checklist that’s published with this story on Ohio.com.