Aging in Place: How to Make Your Home Senior-Friendly
Aging in America today is far different than many years ago. You hear people say all the time, “30 is the new 20,” and “50 is the new 40,” and so on, and it’s true. There are many ways the elderly community can stay put in the home they love with home medical equipment that will keep them safe, with peace of mind to stay young at heart.
1 YOUR ENTRYWAY
If possible, level the entryway to your home and driveway by installing a ramp or renovating it, so your risk of falling is dramatically reduced. Keeping your entryway free and clear or obstructions is a good start as well. Remove any area rugs or welcome mats to reduce your chances of slipping or tripping. If steps in and around the home are unavoidable, look into installing a lift chair, it will not only reduce the chance of a fall but will also make it easier on your body to maneuver in the home that you love. If it is not in your heart, or budget, to install a chair lift, try to combine all of your essential day-to-day rooms on the first floor of your home.
2 YOUR BATHROOM
The bathroom can be a tricky area; there are a lot of potential slip and fall situations while bathing and toileting but the options available to you for your safety are endless and can remove all fear you may have in this room. Installing elevated toilets and hand bars by the toilet and in the shower are excellent steps to take to make maneuvering in this space a breeze. Investing in a shower chair or bench will also give you peace of mind and body while bathing.
3 YOUR KITCHEN
Your kitchen is a wonderful place to build memories with family and friends during your get together. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure those good times keep rolling. Be sure that all counters and appliances (such as your oven and microwave) are positioned at levels that you are comfortable reaching. Be sure there is ample space to move around safely without the risk of bumping into an object or countertop. This is another area you should remove any area rugs, so you don’t trip.
A great way to remain safe in your home that is often overlooked is to make sure your lighting is up to par. What I mean by that is to switch all of the bulbs in your home to LED. LEDs last for many years, reducing the number of times you will need to climb and reach up to change them.
Now, everyone has different physical capabilities. If you currently see a physical or occupational therapist, I would recommend scheduling a time to speak with them about the options that best suit you and your needs. And any big remodels you decide to take on should be done by an expert to ensure all of the changes you decide to make are done correctly.