elderly

How to make your home safe for the elderly

Home Design

There comes a point in everyone’s life, whether you like it or not, one will need the help of family. Aging is part of life but it sometimes comes with all kind of diseases and problems that make everyday life not so easy as we would like it to be. Luckily, for most of the problems nowadays there’s a solution and depending on the situation of your loved ones, you should be able to find the right one that will fit their needs and make them happy.

Although it’s not so easy anymore, most of the seniors prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home, rather than going to a retirement facility and in a way, that’s understandable. Change is hard for any of us, but for a senior, it’s even harder, so why not make the proper adjustments and let them stay in the familiar environment that they’re used to?

When making the alterations, two primary areas that you should look at are their safety and comfort. To begin with, do a risk analysis of your home, identify accident-prone areas and work on them.

Stairway:

This can be one of the dangerous areas, especially for seniors. Ensure that the staircase has safely installed railings for them to hold. Alter the step height if need be to make it comfortable for them. If they can’t go up the stairs anymore, a stairlift can be really helpful and allow even the elderly that are in a wheelchair to access the upper floor.

Bathroom

Bathrooms present a high risk of slipping. Install anti-skid tiles and water taps that are easy to operate. It is also advisable to have ample lighting in the bathroom. Eliminate all the steps in the bathroom, instead level it, and use non-slip mats.

Safe flooring

Instead of marble flooring opt for something which is anti-skip. For instance, install wooden or chip tiles. Use these floorings for backyard and porch too. Have an elevated entrance if the elderly at home use a wheel-chair.

Lighting

Elderly require around two to three times more lighting than an average person for a clearer vision. Install ample lighting throughout the house.

It is also wise to create a closet with all the things that they might need throughout the day, like medicines, keys, phone. That way they can easily find what they are looking for.

These are just a few tips that can make the life of an elderly person much easier and that can offer them the independence that they think they have lost with age.

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