- Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices
Date Published: August 2020
This resource provides an introduction to and available resources for home modification to allow older adults the opportunity to age in place.
With the aging of the US population, the number of older adults living in HUD-assisted housing is growing and the average age of residents is increasing. Assisting residents to age in place safely is a win-win for both property owners and residents: residents typically want to live independently for as long as possible and stable tenure reduces management costs. However, as older adults age and their needs and abilities change, the features and configuration of their home can present challenges to living safely and independently. Adaptations of the living environment, called home modifications, can help improve the comfort and safety of older persons, allowing them to thrive in independent housing well into old age.