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Seniors crave homes outfitted for their needs

July 20, 2012

Independent living is a priority for many older adults, and the trend is beginning to be reflected in the housing and remodeling industry. As seniors look to stay safe in their homes, many of them are turning to contractors to make modifications in order to reduce falls and make it easier for them to get around, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

The changes present themselves in many different ways. For instance, one of the most popular options is the construction of curbless showers, which takes some of the uncertainty out of stepping in and out of the tub. Additionally, add-ons such as grab bars or changes like making cabinets more accessible are also in high demand.

Retirement communities often offer homes that are already built with the safety of senior residents in mind, and it's a good reason they do - fall prevention is one of the most important aspects of senior health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in three adults over 65 experience a fall each year.

Aside from the safety-minded designs of retirement communities, there are other ways to prevent falls. According to The Huffington Post, even something like choosing the right shoes - a non-stick pair with soles that aren't too thick - can make a difference.