Our friend at ClearCare wrote a wonderful article providing the top 5 home modification costs. We are committed to keeping your loved one safe at home and hope that you find this article useful to you.
Top 5 home modifications and estimated costs
- Widened doorways: Doorways that are 36” wide will make it easier for wheelchairs and walkers to fit through. Price varies depending on number of doors and modifications needed.
- Installing Ramps: Adding ramps to the entrance and interior of a home will help seniors with balance and mobility issues and can be worth the cost as a safety precaution. A good contractor should know the right angle and size to build the ramp. Cost can vary from $800 to $2200 based on materials and ramp sizes
- Lowered countertops and sinks: Having a variety of levels of countertops is helpful if individuals want to sit or stand while working at the counter. Having appliances and the sink easily accessible from a seated position is important for seniors to move around and do things in the kitchen with minimal assistance. A roll under sink is also a great option for individuals in wheelchairs. Costs vary depending on material desired and amount needed.
- Bathtub modifications: Replacing a bathtub with a walk-in shower provides easier and safer entry for your aging loved one than a typical tub. If they have difficulty standing, a walk-in bathtub may work better. Depending on the bathroom space, you may not need additional remodeling and renovation.
- Levered door handles and pulls for drawers: Replace or add handles on drawers and doors with “C”- or “D”- shaped pulls. These pulls make it easier to open doors and drawers and are easy to install. This simple change can make daily life a lot less frustrating and painful for individuals with arthritis or dexterity issues. Handles can vary from $1 to $20 depending on style and can be installed fairly quickly.