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How to make your home safe for the elderly

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 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?

Luckily, things have developed for the better and you can find on the market all the necessary products that will allow the elderly to handle everyday living without assistance and give them that independence feeling that’s so important. Now, the changes that you will make on their house depend on their needs. You also have to keep in mind that you do these changes once, so make a list and see which are your priorities.

To make it easier for you, I’ve created a list myself with some points that I really consider important. Here it goes:

  • Make space – it’s hard for us to move in a home filled with stuff, so imagine an elderly. Start decluttering and throw anything that you or they don’t use anymore.
  • Make everything easy to reach – remember those kitchen cabinets that are so high? Yes, those might need a little adjusting so an elderly person can reach for something without any effort.
  • Flooring – who doesn’t like the chic marble floors or the shiny wooden floors? We all do, but for an older person these floors are really dangerous, so you might consider adding some anti-slip flooring.
  • Lighting – Elderly people require around two to three times more lighting than an average person for a clearer vision. Install ample lighting throughout the house.
  • Stairway – The stairs can be a very dangerous place for an older person, so you will have to install a stairlift to make life easier. That way, even someone with a wheelchair can access the upper floor without any issues.
  • Make changes in the bathroom – Safe bathrooms don’t just happen, you need to put time and effort to make them so. You can look for different safe elements that you can install yourself, or talk to a specialist that will come, take a look and design a safe bathroom based on the need of your loved one.

 

These are just a few changes that you can make to a house in order to be more senior friendly. Keep in mind that everything you do is for the well-being and safety of your loved ones.

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