As we age or sustain a disability or illness access into and around our homes becomes a consideration. Due to aging knees and backs and general reduction in mobility, steps and different levels can become an obstacle and sometimes even dangerous.
Finding a home without any stairs at all is not easy in most parts of the country and moving might not be a possibility. Therefore one has to consider the options available in creating a universal design home that will work for aging seniors as well as those living with a disability or illness. If you are an adult child of aging parents the possibility of injury to a parent as they age in place may be a serious concern. Following are some options starting at the least expensive to the most costly.