It's amazing how important that is, and how many homes I see where people have spent piles of money on landscaping, assuming they'll never be on crutches or in a wheelchair. We're *all* one car accident away from needing an easy and safe way into our houses!
John F Dean wrote: We had already taken positive steps to make the property more accessible.
It's hard when you have to make decisions that balance finances and needs. So much depends on the house design you're working with, and the personality and choices of the occupants, as to how to make the tougher choices. A friend of the family had a wasting illness and they stayed in their bungalow as long as possible, but finally opted to move to a condo and I think the big push was to avoid slippery doorsteps and snow! The house had been bought when they had 4 teens/preteens at home, so as much as they loved it, it was time to move on.
Prioritizing is always an issue. So, I need to invest now in appropriate changes that were already on my short list ....the walk in tub, chair lift to the basement, ramps and sidewalks.