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14 Small Home Projects That Can Help Seniors Age in Place

Cheapism Logo By Elizabeth Sheer of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 15: <p>Walkers and wheelchairs are common mobility aids for seniors but don't fit comfortably through conventional interior doorways, which can be as narrow as 24 inches. On the first floor, at least, they should be widened to at least <a href="https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standards/chapter-4-entrances,-doors,-and-gates#ar2065">32 inches and preferably 36 inches</a>. Be prepared to pay several hundred dollars for each, and more if it's necessary to move electric wiring, switches, and outlets and replace the header (the beam over the door). Also, door sills should be removed or lowered so people with walkers can get over them easily.</p>

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Walkers and wheelchairs are common mobility aids for seniors but don't fit comfortably through conventional interior doorways, which can be as narrow as 24 inches. On the first floor, at least, they should be widened to at least 32 inches and preferably 36 inches. Be prepared to pay several hundred dollars for each, and more if it's necessary to move electric wiring, switches, and outlets and replace the header (the beam over the door). Also, door sills should be removed or lowered so people with walkers can get over them easily.

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