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Must-haves for a mature household

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(ARA) - The aging population will have the second biggest impact of any factor on the remodeling industry over the next five years, according to the AARP and National Association of Home Builders. Why? Because today's homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to live independently in their current homes, even if it means remodeling to meet their needs.

Whether you modify your current house or purchase new these are some must-haves to ensure you'll have a safe, secure and easily maintained home in which to spend your golden years:

Floor plan
* Open floor plan with wide, accessible paths
* Single-story home or a two-story with a first-floor master bedroom

* First-floor master bathroom equipped with safety products, such as grab bars, elevated toilet seats and shower chairs
* Curbless shower, featuring a handheld showerhead with an extra long hose
* Adjustable- or varied-height countertops

Kitchen and laundry
* Adjustable- or varied-height countertops
* Upper wall cabinetry 3 inches lower than conventional height
* Pull-out kitchen faucet with lever handles
* First-floor laundry with front-loading machines

Electrical and security
* Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms
* Security system connected to police, fire and EMS
* Flashing porch light or 911 switch

* Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces
* Less than 1/2-inch pile carpet with firm padding

* Low-maintenance exteriors, such as vinyl or brick
* Covered garage or carport
* Handrails near steps

For more information about ADA-compliant pull-out kitchen faucets from Moen or bath safety products, such as SecureMount Grab Bars, elevated toilet seats and shower chairs from Home Care by Moen, call 800-BUY-MOEN(800-289-6636) or visit

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