We are all getting older. We all have relatives and friends who may have temporary or permanent physical challenges that limit their home independence. In fact, we personally may face some those same issues. We all want to live in a safe and easily accessible home.

Here are some interesting statistics:

Increasing Aging Population

  • Every day, there are over 12,500 people who turn 50. By 2030 one in four Americans will be over 65. From 2010 to 2050 the number of people over 80 will double to almost 90 million!

Desire To Stay at Home

  • Over 90% of all Americans want to stay in their home for the rest of their life. They want and deserve an accessible, comfortable and safe home environment, a place full of memories, with family and friends nearby. Most people also understand the reality of moving into a new home can be a costly and stressful process.

Most of our current housing stock is neither safe nor accessible.

  • Building codes have allowed homes with entry steps, only one handrail on stairs, bathroom doors that swing in and can possibly trap a person if they fall and doorways that are too narrow for safe and easy movement in a wheelchair or walker.

According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, of all Americans:

o 56.7 million non-institutionalized individuals (18.7% of the population) have some sort of disability that affects their daily activities.

o 38.3 million Individuals (12.6%) have a severe disability.

o 12.3 million Individuals age 6 and over need assistance with their activities of daily living.

Spending by persons with disabilities:

o Americans with disabilities spend over $200 billion per year on discretionary items

Federal spending on individuals with disabilities:

o In 2008 the federal government alone spent $347 billion for working age individuals with disabilities, about 12% of all federal spending.