Updating your home with a few universal design features can enable you to live there longer independently. The cost of the changes can range from a couple of hundred dollars for a comfort-height toilet to more than $100,000 for a downstairs master suite addition.
You can even make some simple changes now — say, adding a few grab bars in the bathroom or some task lighting in the kitchen — while you start planning and saving for bigger, more expensive projects, such as a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
While safety is one of the key principles in universal design, you don’t have to sacrifice style or make your home resemble a hospital. These days, many home products designed to help you age in place are as attractive as anything you might find in a designer showroom.
Consider these seven ideas to incorporate into your existing home or add to the wish list for your new retirement haven.