Many of us feel safe at home - it's our happy place, a little haven where we can let loose and be ourselves. Naturally, we'd like to stay living in our homes independently for as long as possible. It may be time for you and your local contractor to consider some house modifications that will make your home safer and more accessible. Below is information about just a few possible home adaptations to allow you to age in place peacefully. Accessibility Even if no one in the home currently requires a wheelchair or other assistive devices, accessibility with such devices should be considered when planning your home renovation. Consider these home improvement projects: 1. Widen doorways that are narrower than 32 inches. Install a wheelchair ramp - this will offer.