Your ability to effectively move around in your home and gain access to rooms, closets, cabinets, counters, and sinks will determine your success and satisfaction with aging in place. You need to plan now and begin implementing modifications for when you begin to require assistance walking or standing, or when you begin using an assistance device, such as a walker, wheelchair, or even a power chair. Even minor modifications can improve your quality of life.


Flooring surfaces should not be slippery, and they should be easy to use with an assistance device if necessary. Many functional and visually appealing options exist. A few flooring items to consider are described below:

Non-slip tile, low-pile carpet or textured vinyl are reasonable choices.
Some cork floor covering options are available that feel good on the feet and can help prevent slipping.
If you want to keep your existing tile or stone floor, you may want to apply a texture to help prevent slipping.
If you install floor tile, choose smaller rather than larger ones. The closer seams reduce the chance of slipping.
Opt for low-glare floor covering.
Make sure the flooring you select is easy to clean and maintain.

All carpet and flooring needs to be kept in good condition. Ripped flooring or loose carpet can increase your fall risk. Consider replacing any worn carpeting with a safer low- pile style or alternate floor covering.

Avoid using throw rugs; they are a trip hazard. If you feel you must have one or more throw rugs, make sure each rug has low pile and consider using anti-slip rug tape around the entire outer edge to secure each rug to the floor.

Access and Maneuverability
Having adequate clearance to move around furniture to be able to exit quickly in case of emergency is an important feature for each room. Doorways need to be a minimum of 32 inches wide, with 36-inch clearance preferred. You should also have adequate space around furniture, closets, cabinets, counters, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs to accommodate the use of wheelchairs and walkers.

You need clear pathways into and through each room of your home for safe passage, especially at night. To make work areas accessible to everyone, including those in wheelchairs, you need 42- to 48-inch pathways. Properly arranging furniture and clearing clutter, throw rugs and other items that block walking paths reduces the likelihood of tripping and falling.

Steps and Staircases
Stairs become more dangerous as your leg strength diminishes or you start to encounter issues with your balance. Install a handrail on each stairwell and near steps. Put different colored edges on each step. At some point, you may need to install a stairlift or elevator.

Stairlifts involve a track installed on the wall leading up your stairway. A motor moves a chair up and down along the track, transporting a person sitting in the chair from one floor of the home to the other. Exercise care when evaluating stairlifts. Some chairs cannot always be used as intended because physical impairments prevent people from being able to get on and off them.

An elevator is the only sure way to know that you will be able to reach upper floors. In a newly built house, you can prepare for a future elevator by constructing a shaft with a temporary middle floor that you use now as closet space on both levels. Later, the temporary floor can be removed from within the shaft and the elevator installed. A builder, with input from an elevator company, can build this feature into a multi-level new construction home. Modifying existing homes may take a little more effort and imagination.

Easy opening doors and drawers, and adjustable shelves
Make all interior and exterior doors, cabinet doors, drawers, and closet doors accessible by changing hardware and the way you open them. All door handles should be changed from standard door knobs to lever handles. All cabinet doors and drawers should have “D” type pulls to allow people of all abilities to more easily open and close them.

Pocket doors that slide into the wall rather than swinging out can allow more room for maneuvering.

Open cabinets and shelves, and slide-out shelves from within cabinets make access and reachability easier and reduce the strain from bending and stooping. Adding pull-down shelves for the overhead cabinets and installing an adjustable shelving system helps to reduce overhead reaching. Installing roll-out shelves in lower cabinets can greatly reduce the strain of bending over to reach items in the back.

Although it is not a home modification, if you are not able to alter some cabinets or shelves, you may want to get a hand grabber device to help you with picking up and reaching items and reduce the amount of bending or stretching required.

Below is a sampling of products and equipment that are designed to increase your in-home mobility and access to allow you to age in place for a longer period of time. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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  • STRONGARM DIFFERENCE: The StrongArm Comfort Cane offers an innovative patented design that shifts the weight from your wrist to the forearm providing optimal stability, support and comfort as you walk. StrongArm supports the strength of your body to dramatically improve your posture, help you move easier, all without the stain & pain you feel from the average walking cane. The revolutionary handle encourages you to walk upright and change your line of sight so that you look forward instead of do
  • STABILITY: StrongArm offers a cushioned, forearm-bracing "cradle" that stabilizes the wrist, making the cane feel like a solid extension of the arm. When standing from a seated position the cane helps provide added support so you can easily stand up on your own. The unique offset bend within the design centers the hand grip over floor tip for maximum stability. The cane tip has a hexagonal base to improve traction on all surfaces.
  • SUPPORT: StrongArm Cane was designed to improve the lives of everyday cane users. StrongArm has a one-of-a-kind handle that provides a comfortable and supportive forearm brace. Making this cane safer, sturdier, and more supportive over the standard walking cane. This cane bridges the gap between canes and crutches, making it the perfect hybrid walking stick. While StrongArm provides the same support & stability of a crutch, you gain the mobility of a cane without the strain on your wrists.
  • QUALITY: Made from high-quality light-weight aluminum tubing making it lightweight and portable. Equipped with a thick comfortable foam grip & cradle sleeve. StrongArm has 12 different height adjustments which is perfect for both men and women so you can customize the height to fit your comfort needs. The cane currently comes in 3 colors; Black, Bronze, and Titanium. The StrongArm Cane holds upto 500 lbs of pressure.
  • MEDICAL GRADE: Medical professionals and everyday cane users agree that the StrongArm Comfort Cane offers vital improvements in stability over traditional canes and crutches. Giving you the freedom and support to do more throughout the day! This cane is universal so you can use it either on the left or right hand or even use two canes at the same time for extra support.

Campbell Posture Cane Foldable Walking Cane for Men and Women – FSA/HSA Eligible – Editorial Recommended

  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND STRONG: The Campbell Posture Cane is light weight and sturdy that makes it easy to carry with you. Made with high-quality material, this innovative mobility device is designed to serve you for years to come.
  • 10 DIFFERENT HEIGHT ADJUSTMENTS: 10 different height adjustments to customize the fit. Stand-up Self standing for easy reach. stability tip with 360° traction rings.
  • COMFORTABLE TO WALK: The revolutionary ergonomic grip handle design eliminates downward pressure, making it more comfortable for the shoulder and wrist so when you walk. Feel more independent as this cane also helps you easily get up and out of chairs.
  • REVOLUTIONARY CAMPBELL HANDLE: Revolutionary handle helps you to walk upright and changes your line of sight, so you look forward instead of down. Revolutionary handle takes the pressure off your shoulder and wrist.
  • WALK UPRIGHT AND CHANGE YOUR LINE OF SIGHT: It helps look forward instead of down changing your line of sight, which helps balance and mobility. It supports the strength of your body to help you move easier and feel more confident when walking.

Harmar Outdoor Stair lift 350-OD

  • Header cover, internal chassis cover and a large weatherproof cover included
  • Rocker controls with constant-pressure functionality stop the lift immediately if the control is released
  • Mounts to the stairs (not the wall) on either side of staircase Operates on standard 115 VAC household current
  • Extruded aluminum track is available in custom lengths. Seat and footrest fold to save space
  • Upholstery Colors: Light Almond, Evergreen, Mocha - **This product will be custom cut to fit your staircase. Because this is a "Custom Made" product - it is NOT returnable. **Please provide the following Information - length of staircase (see images), mounted on the left or right as you look UP the steps, any obstructions at top or bottom, landing, hallway or door at the top of the steps?

LShaped 24 in. x 1-1/2 in. Grab Bar in Mirror

  • Made of 18-Gauge 304 grade stainless steel
  • 1-1/2 in. Diameter stainless steel tube
  • Concealed mounting flanges
  • 24 in. x 24 in. right-handed configuration
  • Max weight capacity is 330 lbs.
  • 90° grab bar
  • Meets ADA standard

Prairie View Industries SFW330 Portable Singlefold Ramp, 3 Feet x 30 Inch

Welded fabrication rather than riveting Surface is covered with anti-slip skid resistant tape for maximum traction Full 30" wide platform design for maximum support and stability. Capacity - 800 Pounds Has a handle for easy carrying. Carries like a suitcase.. Durable welded construction Accommodates Wheelchairs and Scooters with Various Wheel Configurations

Prairie View Industries TH1032 Threshold Ramp, 10 x 32 Inch

  • Maximum 1/2" - 3/4" rise for occupied wheelchair or scooter passage
  • Great for transitioning doorways and thresholds. These ramps are made for small thresholds and are to be attached to the edge of the door threshold
  • 600 lb. weight capacity. Dimensions: 10 inch L x 32 inch W. The actual planking on PVI's Modular Ramp has a grooved surface designed to expel water and provide a safe walking surface
  • Anti-slip, high traction surface. Holes punched in top corners for easy installation. Hardware provided to secure ramp to surface.
  • Made of lightweight, durable aluminum. Limited Lifetime Warranty

Stair Lift w/ Lifetime Warranty on Motor & Drivetrain

  • Rocker controls with constant-pressure functionality stop the lift immediately if the control is released Mounts to the stairs (not the wall) on either side of staircase
  • Operates on standard 115 VAC household current Extruded aluminum track is available in custom lengths
  • Seat and footrest fold to save space - Free Lifetime Warranty on Motor and Drivetrain.
  • Separate controls at top and bottom of stairs Upholstery Colors: Light Almond, Evergreen, Mocha Made in the USA
  • **This product will be custom cut to fit your staircase. Because this is a "Custom Made" product - it is NOT returnable.

Trinity EcoStorage Wheeled 3-Bag Bamboo Laundry Station in Bronze

  • Great way to stash dirty clothes out of sight
  • Pre-shrunk cotton bags are machine-washable
  • Bags simply lift out for easy transport to washing machine

Universal Stair Lift – 350lb Capacity – Folds Flat to Wall – Includes Warranty

  • Made in America! 3 Safety Mechanisms. Wireless Remote. 350lb Capacity. Warranty
  • Folds up flat to wall - easy to still use the stairs! Installs on either side of stairs.
  • Comes with 15 Feet of Track - Plenty for typical one-floor installations.
  • Power Cord plugs directly into your regular AC outlet - NO Wiring required.
  • Internal Rechargeable Battery Backup- runs up/down 20+ times if power is out

Vive Folding Cane – Foldable Walking Cane for Men, Women – Fold-up, Collapsible, Lightweight, Adjustable, Portable Hand Walking Stick – Balancing Mobility Aid – Sleek, Comfortable T Handles (Purple)

  • COLLAPSIBLE AND COMPACT: Providing a convenient option for those needing assistance, the Vive folding cane smoothly and securely locks in place to provide extra stability while walking on any surface. Folding at four points along the cane shaft, the collapsible cane is compact, easily fitting into a purse, briefcase, carry on or wheelchair bag.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT ADJUSTABLE ALUMINUM FRAME: Constructed with a durable, corrosion-resistant anodized aluminum, the folding cane is exceptionally lightweight yet sturdy, safely supporting up to 250 pounds. The cane is easily adjusted in one-inch increments from a minimum of 33” to a maximum height of 37”.
  • ERGONOMIC HAND GRIP AND STRAP: Ergonomic hand grip contours to the hand to reduce hand fatigue, prevent muscle cramping and relieve pressure on the wrist. The integrated wrist strap keeps the cane from falling to the ground when released.
  • SLIP-RESISTANT RUBBER TIP: Collapsible cane is capped with a slip-resistant rubber tip for additional traction and stability. The cane is also compatible with most replacement tips, including tripod tips, quad tips and ice tips.
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: Unconditional lifetime guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence

Vive Quad Cane – Walking Stick for Men and Women – Lightweight Adjustable Staff – Comfortable Right and Left Hand Grip for Stability Support – Four Prong Sturdy Aluminum Travel Aid – 4 Tip

  • SUPERIOR STABILITY AND TRACTION ON ANY SURFACE: Safely navigate over any surface, indoors and out. The quad cane base provides greater traction on smooth surfaces such as hardwood, laminate or tile floors as well as greater stability on uneven surfaces such as grass, sand, gravel or plush carpets. The versatile cane is made with a durable anodized aluminum frame that is adjustable from 28” to a maximum of 37” and supports up to 250 pounds.
  • NONSLIP, FOUR-PRONGED BASE: Easily switching from the left to right side, the four prong base locks into place providing additional support without interfering with a normal stride. Each prong is capped with a rubber, non skid, non-marking tip for added stability and convenience. The square base allows the cane to stand upright while remaining compact enough to easily fit on stairs or in narrow passageways.
  • COMFORTABLE ERGONOMIC GRIP: Fitted with an ergonomically contoured hand grip, the cane handle creates a secure, yet comfortable grip perfect for daily use. The handle also includes a wrist strap for added convenience.
  • CORROSION-RESISTANT LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME: Constructed with a durable anodized aluminum, the quad cane is lightweight and corrosion-resistant. Dual security features include an easy to grip locking knob and brass locking pin ensure that the cane stays at the set height without slipping.
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: Unconditional Lifetime guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.

Walking Stick Chair Combo, Folding Walking Cane, Switch Sticks Lightweight Adjustable Medical Foldable Cane with Seat, Kensington

  • REST WHEN YOU NEED TO WITH YOUR 2 IN 1 WALKING CANE WITH SEAT, as you'll have the stability of a walking stick with the convenience of a sturdy seaet.
  • GREAT FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS, WAITING IN LINES, traveling, or resting after going for a walk or shopping.
  • YOUR WALKING STICK WITH SEAT CONVENIENTLY FOLDS for easy storage on planes, in your car, or around the house.
  • MADE OF STRONG AND LIGHTWEIGHT aluminum that supports up to 220 pounds, suggested for those from 5 feet tall to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a soft handle that feels comfortable in your hand.
  • WARRANTY AND GUARANTEE: Amazon Exclusive Limited warranty may apply. Please see product for additional details. Note: we can only guarantee the quality of this product when sold through or Brazos Walking Sticks.