We've talked about "Aging –in-Place" as an option as our parents, and ourselves as we age. For many, their homes aren't really ready for them and are lacking things like wider doorways, electric switches that have larger handles or paddles. Front doors can also present a challenge as we age; turning the handle can be difficult with the onset (yes, it's true, it's coming!) arthritis. Paddles on doors instead of rounded door knobs are becoming increasingly popular.
For your parents or yourself, if there is mention of a remodeling project, this would be a good time to have a frank discussion with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. (Yes, they really exists!)
Here is a quote from the Association of Home Builders (NAHB) website:
"The NAHB Remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 50+ Housing Council, and AARP developed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program to address the growing number of consumers that will soon require these modifications. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and health care professionals."
They even have a check list so that you can get started right away. Check their website for more information. You will be glad you did!
Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1p6Nf7o