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What are the features of mobile homes intended for senior residents?

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Most mobile homes for senior residents have no special features or accommodations. If the senior citizen is handicapped, wider doorways and a more open floor plan may be included.

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The term "mobile home" is often used to refer to both recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. Both can be made accessible to senior citizens with a physical handicap. RVs can be fitted with wheelchair lifts to help senior citizens enter and exit. They can be made with larger bathrooms and grab bars in the shower to help prevent slips and falls.

Manufactured homes are usually made with wider doors and hallways than standard models to make room for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers. They also tend to be made with larger bathrooms and more accessible showers. Some are specially designed to have a low entryway so senior citizens do not have to climb multiple steps every time they enter or exit, while others are outfitted with wheelchair ramps.

Both often include larger displays and writing on essential electrical devices. They also often come with anti-scald controls to prevent burns and scalding from overly hot water, which is important because many senior citizens are sensitive to that. They are usually designed to be intuitive and easy to use.

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