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RoseLake Estates has noticed a Baby Boomer trend take off across the country – that is, to make homes safer and more accessible. Adding safety features to halls, walkways, doors, decks, and bathrooms, the trend is known as “universal design” since these features can be used by anyone, regardless of physical ability.

As the oldest of the 76.4 million ‘boomers’ turns 73 this year, adding universal design features to your manufactured home is a good idea, especially since homeowners 55 and over already account for over half of all manufactured home sales. And, according to AARP, nearly 82% of seniors prefer to “age in place,” choosing to live independently rather than in a retirement community.

It’s also good to know that changes made to your manufactured home with an eye to aging in place are helping with resale value. According to AARP magazine, Universal design features are not just trending, they are features many homeowners actively seek out.”

There are many ways to update your manufactured home to make it fully accessible for everyone in your family. Some are relatively inexpensive such as adding grab bars to the shower walls and replacing doorknobs with easier-to grasp door handles. Some other ideas include replacing bathtubs with walk in showers, installing safety rails to front porches and back decks, or adding access ramps from the driveway to the front porch or back deck.

Because these Universal Design features are hot right now, they also come in a wide variety of design choices. So what you install doesn’t have to look like it belongs in a hospital. Instead, it can blend with your existing décor.

Not only is this trending, but it also makes great sense.

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