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Simple Home Modifications Can Ensure Independent Living

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Interested in independent living? This checklist will get you started
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For many older adults, independent living—in their own houses or apartments—is an important factor in the quality of their lives.

If you are thinking about a modifying a home to increase independent living options, whether it’s your home or someone else’s, you may be surprised to learn that some independent living modifications cost only the time it takes to complete them, and most are in the $150 to $2000 range.

Whether your budget is limited or unlimited, it’s important to determine which modifications would best serve the person or people who will be living in the home. Everyone’s needs and lifestyle are different, and will dictate which modifications can provide the most usability for your budget. Here’s a basic checklist of home safety and comfort issues from the U.S. Administration on Aging. This is a good place to start when you’re thinking about modifying a home for independent living.

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