There may come a time when you decide you’d prefer to have a senior relative or friend move in with you, whether for health or other reasons. In most cases, homes aren’t equipped to be safe and dependable for aging seniors, especially if they happen to have any health conditions that could affect their overall mobility and well-being. In general, there are a few actions that you can take to prepare your home’s interior and exterior for an elder to easily be able to navigate and maneuver. One good preemptive step you can take before a senior citizen moves in is to contact a Senior Care Agency to check out your home and make any suggestions or recommendations for renovations.
- Check the height of all of your cabinets, shelves, and other areas where a senior may need to go – this can be one of the most simple, yet helpful things you can do. Ensuring that all of your food items, medical supplies, and general products and items around your house are easily reached can help prevent any accidents, slips, or falls. In addition to lowering the height of the various objects, you can also look into purchasing a small step-stool, made for seniors (generally has a rubberized stepping pad to prevent slips, along with a hand-rail), to help them reach any out of the way items. Another thing to ensure you check the height of inside your home is the steps and the distance from one step to another or to the sidewalk. One of the biggest causes for injury within the senior community is because of falling or slipping – which can be prevented with the proper precautions.
- Look into installing slip-resistant pads on your flooring and stairs, especially if you have hardwood inside your home. Hardwood can be extremely slippery when walked on with socks and can be a big factor in causing slips or falls. Ensuring hand-rails are located on each stairway will help immensely as well.
- One great addition to any home is also various quality of life (QOL) improvements, such as a memory-foam or cushioned mat in the kitchen – especially if your senior family member prefers cooking and being in the kitchen area often while baking or hanging out.
- If you have a bathroom that isn’t very senior-friendly, that is also another area that can use some basic upgrades for a huge improvement. Some examples of bathroom additions include a simple hand-rail in the shower, to a more complex, complete renovation – such as installing a sit-in shower or bath. For some seniors, they aren’t able to stand up while they shower, so they either have to use a bathtub or sit down somewhere.