Stairs, hallways, and corridors deserve extra attention when setting up a house: they’re common places for a fall.
It's best to have both evaluated by an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or other trained professional with experience in aging in place. We've detailed a few ideas below to understand what's possible.
Stairs should have handrails on both sides for stability. Make sure both rails are stable by getting them installed by a professional and testing the height during installation.
In addition to sufficient overhead lighting, consider adding motion-activated lights to each step.
It can be difficult to see where steps start and end when they’re all the same color. One solution is to paint them different shades so that each step has a contrasting color to the step above it.
They’re a trip hazard, especially with thicker carpets. On wooden stairs, add non-slip carpet stair treads to prevent slipping.
Even if you have a staircase with just one or two steps, like leading into the garage, consider adding a grab bar or handrail for stability. This SELEWARE Outdoor Stair Rail is a good pick.
The Norway-based company AssiStep has built a stair walker that provides firm support in front of you when waking up or down the stairs. It’s not yet available in the U.S., but you can contact them about special orders.
The most expensive option would be to add a home elevator. These projects typically start at $25,000, and not all homes are configured for one. But if stairs are the reason you’re considering an expensive move, it might be worth looking into residential hydraulic elevators that travel 1-2 floors.