Age-Friendly Living: 11 Tips to Upgrade Your Manufactured Home

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Hey there, manufactured home homeowners! We all know that our homes should evolve with us as we age. If you or a loved one are getting older and living in a manufactured home, you might be wondering how to make it more age-friendly. 

Aging gracefully in your manufactured home is all about making smart adjustments that enhance comfort and safety. And you're in luck because today, we're sharing some awesome ideas for small additions and improvements that can make a big difference for an age-friendly manufactured home.

1. Remote Control Blinds

Let's start with something simple yet incredibly convenient – remote control blinds. These nifty gadgets allow seniors to adjust the blinds without reaching high or bending low. It's a game-changer for those with mobility issues or limited strength.

2. Pull-Down Shelving

Say goodbye to the struggle of reaching for items on high shelves. Install pull-down shelving in your kitchen cabinets or closets. With a gentle pull, these shelves lower to a reachable height, making it much easier to access everyday essentials.

3. Shower Handles

The bathroom can be a tricky area for seniors. Installing sturdy grab bars and easy-to-reach shower handles can help prevent slips and falls. A bench or seat in the shower is also a great addition for added comfort and safety.

4. Lever Door Handles

Swap out traditional door knobs for lever-style handles. These are much easier to operate, especially for seniors with arthritis or reduced hand strength. It's a small change that can make a big difference.

5. Comfortable Flooring

Swap out hard, slippery flooring for options like cork or non-slip tiles. These materials are easier on the joints and provide better traction, reducing the risk of falls.

6. Elevated Toilets

For added convenience, install elevated toilets. These are higher than standard toilets, making it easier for seniors to sit down and stand up without straining their knees.

7. Smart Home Technology

Embrace the future with smart home technology. Smart thermostats, lighting, and security systems can be controlled with a smartphone or voice commands, making it easier for seniors to manage their home environment. Put those kids and grandkids to work installing some of this for you!

8. Easy-to-Read Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat has large, easy-to-read numbers. Seniors shouldn't have to squint or strain to adjust the temperature in their homes.

9. Adequate Lighting

Proper lighting is crucial for seniors. Ensure there's ample lighting in every room to reduce the risk of accidents. Consider motion-activated lights in hallways and bathrooms for added safety.

10. Easy-Glide Cabinets

Upgrade your kitchen with easy-glide cabinets and drawers. These smoothly open and close, reducing the effort required to access pots, pans, and utensils.

11. Low-maintenance Landscaping

Don't forget about the exterior of your home! Opt for low-maintenance landscaping to minimize yard work. Raised flower beds and container gardens are great options for garden enthusiasts with limited mobility.

Manufactured Home Communities Are An Ideal Setting For The 55+ Crowd

Remember, it's all about making your manufactured home a comfortable and safe space as you or your loved ones age. These small additions and improvements can go a long way in creating an age-friendly environment. So, go ahead and give your home some TLC today – it's worth it!

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