If someone you love needs help with around-the-house tasks, "universal design" -- or products and spaces designed for people of all abilities -- can help. These updates will make life easier for everyone in your home.
Whether it's challenging to switch lights on and off or you have a habit of forgetting to turn off the lights, light sensors automatically turn on when entering and off when leaving a room — saving you both effort and electricity. Photo courtesy of Home Depot
Rising Bathroom Wall
This soaking tub has a side wall that rises and lowers, so you can step in easily yet still get a spa-like bath. Photo courtesy of Kohler
This hands-free, battery-operated faucet means no more wrestling with knobs. And there's no find-the-sensor dance — it will detect you within four inches, and shut off seconds after you step away. Photo courtesy of Delta Faucet
These touch-controlled drawers and cabinets mean no pulling or hefting at all. Photo courtesy of Blum USA
Different Drawer Pulls
Replacing hard-to-hold cabinet and drawer pulls with D-shaped handles or lever pulls is a simple way to make any drawer easier to access. Photo courtesy of Bubbles Bathrooms
Cabinet Plate Drawer
Put frequently used plates and bowls in a large drawer instead of on a shelf so you don't have to reach. Photo courtesy of Mullet Cabinet
Replacing hard-to-hold, knob-shaped handles with levers is a simple way to provide easier access to any room in your home.
Pull-Out Bathroom Drawers
Groping around in the back of a lower cabinet can be tough even with a healthy back. Add sliding shelves to keep the items at hand. Photo by Crown Point Cabinetry
Electric Jar Opener
Kitchen products like this electric jar opener make everyday tasks easy for everyone, especially those with arthritis. Photo courtesy of OXO