Based on AARP Home Fit Guide (2008) in order to evaluate your home’s livability, ask yourself
the questions that follow and decide if your home meets your current and future livability
requirements. Your answers will let you know if you need to make changes or if you should
search for a more suitable home.
• Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?
and kitchen facilities on one level , which are barrier free?
• Are the doorways and hallways wide enough to let a wheel- chair pass through?
• Do doorknobs and faucets have lever handles, which are easier to use than rounded
• Are kitchen countertops mounted at varying heights so they can be used while standing
• Can kitchen and bathroom cabinets and shelves be easily reached?
• Do the bathtub and/or shower have a non-slip surface?
• Are there grab bars in the bathroom or has the wall been reinforced so that you can add
• Are hallways and staircases well lit?
• Are there secure handrails on both sides of stairways?
• Can light switches, electrical outlets, and thermostats be easily reached even when
• Can the windows be opened with minimum effort?
If you would like a more complete assessment of your home for livability, enlist the help of a
to aid you in identifying ways to improve safety in your home and ways you can
modify your home to help compensate for any disability you may be experiencing.
c Are there a bedroom, full bath,