Preparing your home for elderly visitors or residents can be a challenging task but also a necessary facet to maintaining their health and wellbeing. There are always going to be different obstacles depending on the circumstances but it’s necessary to be prepared to face the challenges and make some easy home adjustments. At first it might seem like a daunting task but in reality preparing your home for the elderly is simply the sum of a lot of minor changes. Here we’ll look at some easy home adjustments you can make to make your home more suitable and safe for the elderly or movement impaired.
First you’ll need to assess your situation and identify any major obstacles in your home that might pose a problem for an elderly person. This might mean narrow stairs or slippery surfaces that you have to account for and amend. Take some time to survey your home and take note of any problem areas that may require special attention.
Falling is one of the main dangers that an elderly person will face in the home environment so it’s important to do all that you can to minimize this risk in your home. When it comes to floors you may want to consider putting in carpeting as opposed to the slick hardwood already in place. If you have a hard floor with rugs you’ll want to make sure that they have skidproof traction underneath them. Additionally it is pretty much imperative to put traction mats in the bathroom. Bathroom accidents are among the most common because the mixture of tile and water provides a dangerously slick surface. In addition to traction mats it’s also wise to install a handrail in the should or also on the wall in the bathroom.
It is also a good ideal to install handrails in parts of the house that will be commonly traversed by your elderly guest or resident. Depending on their level of mobility stairs might not be an option. If this is the case it’s possible to install some specialized hardware that can carry them up the stairs in a seat escalator; however, it may be just be easier to reorganize your home so that they can have everything they need on the first floor. If there are steps that lead up to your home you may need to install an access ramp preferably with rubber treads to prevent slipping.
Lastly, if possible, you want to try and make your new guest or resident as comfortable as possible and reduce the amount of space they have to travel to get to their needs. Try and give them a bedroom that is near the bathroom and kitchen without any hazardous obstacles between them. With all that being said you may come to appreciate having a new guest despite the challenges it may provide.