I read a report some time ago that age-friendly homes were commanding a 5% premium in the USA.
- Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?
- Does your home have a bedroom, full bath and kitchen on one level?
- Are the doorways and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass?
- Do the doorknobs and faucets have lever handles, which are easier to use than rounded knobs?
- Are the kitchen counters mounted at varying heights, so they can be used while standing or seated?
- Can the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and shelves be easily reached?
- Does the bathtub or shower have a non-slip surface?
- Are there grab bars in the bathroom, or has the wall been reinforced so grab bars can be added?
- Are the 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 seated?
- Can the windows be opened with minimum effort?
Our own Age-Friendly Audit process covers around 300 individual evaluations. We don’t yet include a version for homes but this would not be difficult to adapt.