When your older parent or loved one is choosing to stay at home, it is important to reassess the different areas of your living environment to prevent accidents as much as possible. This can be very overwhelming, especially if you are doing these changes by yourself. This is why we have compiled a list of things to look out for to get you started to creating a senior-friendly home.
The entryway is one of the first things that anyone will come into contact with when entering your home. Not only is it important for receiving guests, parcels, going to social events and appointments, but it is also crucial for safety. By having a barrier-free entryway, your loved one will have easier access to and from your home.
Another thing to consider is that your home should have a clear peephole or some kind of view cam to ensure that your loved one is able to see clearly who is at the door. This can prevent them from letting in unsavory individuals or from getting scammed.
Everyone will spend some time each day in the bathroom. However, it is also a common place for accidents to happen such as falls or accidental scalding. To prevent this, make sure to install grab bars near the shower, bathtubs, and toilets. If possible, add in a shower seat and non-slip flooring as well.
With many older adults, their eyesight may not be the best. This is why it is crucial that there is adequate lighting around your home. As far as possible, use rocker-type light switches which are easier to use than other types of switches. These can be easily turned on or off even with an elbow. The other thing to consider is to have proper lighting at places where you need it like at the stairs, kitchen, near their bed.
If your loved one likes to cook, it is important to ensure that you modify the kitchen to be more user-friendly. This can involve renovations like ensuring there is sufficient maneuvering space for any mobility aids, raising or lowering the height of the countertops, and making sure that appliances and other storage spaces are within reach. This will help to make sure that they do not need to bend over or tiptoe, reducing the chances of falls.
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If you are worried about your loved one being alone at home or they need more assistance with their day-to-day activities, perhaps it is time to consider a placement in a senior living community. Not only will they be able to get round-the-clock care, but you can also be sure that they will have access to medical, therapy, dining, and medication management services. In fact, these are just some of the many amenities that we offer to all of our residents.
For more information on our housing availability, programs, and safety measures, contact us by filling in this online form or by calling us at 561.332.4899.