One thing to consider, if you plan to age in place, is that repairing and maintaining your household can become more challenging as one advances in age. However, it is still possible to keep up to date with the necessary repairs every year.
Doors and windows.
Doorknob screws and hinges become loose over time due to constant opening and closing. Check if all the locks are working properly once a year and tighten any loose screws for your security. Replace doorknobs with lever-style handles to help with grip issues.
Keeping the air you breathe fresh.
While breathing is something that we rarely think about because it happens unconsciously, it is necessary to moderate the temperatures in our home, especially during warm weather. Getting a humidifier in the bedroom can help freshen and clear the air. This will keep respiratory challenges like asthma and allergies in check.
Get longer-lasting heating and air conditioning filters that can be changed at least twice a year instead of monthly. Inspect your fireplace and chimney before use and make sure it is always clean. You can add a dehumidifier in your basement or in your attic to prevent mildew from forming.
A lot of factors can cause the paint on the walls to peel off, or cracks and holes to occur on the walls. If they are minor, you can patch the small holes and paint them by yourself, but in the event you notice large cracks on the walls or floors that begin to slant, then you need to get a professional to check your walls and the foundation of your house too.
Look out for signs of mildew in your basement or in the attic and check for interior doors that refuse to stay open so that they can get fixed in-time.
Check your roof and your gutters.
If it is possible to inspect your roof while still standing on the ground, then check for damaged vents every year or after big storms. Any trees that have grown too tall and have branches overhanging on the roof need to be trimmed so as not to damage the roof. You can get help to clean and repair gutters each year.
Using a broomstick, push the test button on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors occasionally to check if they are working properly or if the batteries need to be replaced.
It is possible to trip on things scattered around the house. Electrical cords strewn across the floor, need to be secured along the base of the walls using a staple gun so they are out of the way. Any wrinkled carpets, decorations, and floor tiles that are cracked can cause serious falls.
Use non-slip rug pads on the floor to prevent tripping and upgrade the light bulbs in hallways and bathrooms so that you can see well at night.
Repair the floors or replace cracked tiles as most seniors tend to shuffle their feet as they advance in age. If this happens, it would be a good idea to completely remove all the rugs on the floor to prevent falls.
Large house numbers for your house should be installed and should also be visible in the dark. This will ensure that you get help from emergency responders quickly in case of a problem.
Bathroom and toilet.
Lower the maximum water temperature in your water heater to about 120 degrees to prevent scalding and install grab bars on both sides of the toilet to be able to grab them when sitting or standing up.
Install more grab bars in the bathtub/shower and near the bed so that you can safely climb in and out of bed.
Install comfort-height toilets in the house, which are similar to the height of a chair for ease in sitting or standing up. Another option is to place toilet seat risers on top of your toilet.
Outdoor and indoor threshold ramps.
Ramps eliminate the need to climb up the steps and make it easier in case one has to use a wheelchair. They also help you move seamlessly from one room to another.