This book is designed to help you overcome the problems you might encounter in your
home as you grow older. It provides the information you'll need to make your home
more liveable if you or others who live with you develop limitations in movement,
strength, dexterity, eyesight, or hearing.
The text includes ideas, examples, and resources that tell you how to make changes in
your house or apartment, and how to arrange for a designer or contractor. The
accompanying illustrations show you how to make your own modifications (if you're
handy). They'll also serve as an effective guide for a designer or building contractor.
Thanks to the Barrier-Free Design movement and the current surge in home
remodeling, the tools and expertise for making home changes are readily available. In
addition, many of the modifications are easy and inexpensive to accomplish.
For example, most of the devices mentioned in this book (kickplates, hand levers, etc.)
are available at local hardware stores. You can obtain other items from the sources
listed in the Resource chapter. But before you start any home modifications, read
through the entire book to make sure you understand your needs and options. Then
decide which modifications are most necessary, useful, and cost-effective.