Unless you or a family member has had a physical injury or impairment that impacts every day life, you probably haven’t thought about buying, building or renovating a home to make it handicapped accessible. As more and more people opt to age in place, rather than move to assisted living, retirement or nursing homes, the need for accessible and flexible homes has increased dramatically. Many people want to age in place, rather than moving.

It’s easy to build or modify a home that is appealing to able-bodied and disabled individuals and make the spaces adaptable, so that anyone can easily function and live in the home. Most of us take getting around the house easily for granted until we have a car accident, a broken bone, or a hip replacement, or need a wheelchair due to a degenerative disease.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that 4 out of 5 adults will, at some point, have a physical ailment that precludes them from living independently, whether temporarily or permanently. For this reason, it’s becoming increasingly critical to build or remodel living spaces so that people can comfortably move around, prepare meals, do laundry and clean their homes with as few challenges as possible.