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A new AARP book, AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home (Beautiful Living for the Second Half of Life, demonstrates how to refurbish and renovate your home-inside and out-to promote personal freedom and healthy longevity. Universal design features such as wide, no-threshold doorways, a first floor bedroom, a walk-in shower, ample lighting, comfortable furniture, and level outdoor walkways provide access for all people, regardless of their age and abilities. These features allow for increased independence and safety, without sacrificing the aesthetics of your home.

According to AARP, this book will help you assess your current home to determine if universal design solutions are right for your home’s transformation. Also, by knowing your home’s limits or possibilities, you can prioritize what to do and how to successfully work with contractors to get the desired results.

After your assessment, the book will offer a variety of suggestions for both small- and large-scale modifications, including adjustable height bathroom and kitchen sinks that can be lowered for seated users, non-slip flooring, kitchen appliances that eliminate the need to bend or stoop, good-looking grab bars in the shower, lever-style door handles, and a no-step entry into the house. You’ll also learn many smart technology solutions as well as tips on safety, longevity, and going green.

The book also addresses concerns you may have about the safety of your aging parents. You’ll learn more about how to help them enjoy their home for a long time to come and avoid moving into an assisted living facility.

Among the takeaways:

  • Learn the four key principles of universal design.
  • Assess your home or your parent’s home-inside and out-to determine how well it suits your family’s current lifestyle and what it would take to adapt it to meet future needs.
  • Discover all the appealing solutions available that incorporate universal design features in every room and outdoor space.
  • Find out about simple DIY fixes, innovative products, stylish décor ideas, and eco-friendly options.

Give the book a try and let us know what you think.

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