Most of us start life depending on our parents to take care of us. But as they age, chances are the roles will reverse. Luckily many simple, quick, affordable - and even stylish and savvy - updates can make homes safer and more enjoyable for you, your family and your parents.

1. De-clutter

Both kids and older adults have reduced reflexes and balance. Spruce up the look of your home - and avoid tripping hazards - by removing clutter and items you no longer use (especially obstacles in walkways).

2. Safe, Spa-ahh Shower

Showers can be an enjoyable and luxurious part of anyone's day - if they are safe. While you probably don't want to renovate the shower, simple additions can make it safer and more enjoyable. Start by adding rubber grips to the bottom of the shower to avoid slick surfaces. Next, take a seat with a comfortable shower chair and enjoy a shower massage with a multi-function hand held showerhead. Products like the Home Care by Moen® shower chair and Hand Held Shower with Innovative Palm Feature are ideal choices at affordable prices to add safety, style and spa enjoyment to the shower.

3. Save Resources, Save Money

Eco-friendly adjustments not only can make you feel good about preserving natural resources for your family - but can help lower energy costs (ideal for tight budgets). Simple steps can include switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, insulating doors and windows or even swapping faucets and showerheads with new water-saving WaterSense-labeled models.

4. Handy Handles

In the course of a day, we grip many objects - from cups and pens, to door knobs and faucet handles. Swapping out faucet knob handles with lever-handle models can make these everyday tasks a bit easier - especially for smaller or arthritic hands.

5. Get a Grip

For any age, stairs are a falling hazard in homes - whether it's one step or 20. To increase safety, add handrails or decorative handgrips in high-traffic doorways where there may be a step, such as the garage or front entry. Home Care by Moen offers attractive-looking nine-inch grips that install easily and blend in with your décor.

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