Many seniors prefer to stay in their homes as they age.
Of course, in order to do this, the home safety factors need to be address. One fall, for example, could result in a total loss of independence and force a love-one OUT of their home. Here are some ideas for making aging in place a safe option for your seniors:
for aging in place:
Flooring: carpeting is preferable to area rugs, because it reduces tripping hazards and can cushion falls. If area rugs are used, make sure they’re secured to the floor.
Handrails: on stairways, add a second handrail along the opposite wall for improved stability. Footwear: to preent falls, non-slip shoes are preferable to slippers or socks. Non-skid safety strips: adhered to the floor of a tub/shower, non-skid strips are preferable to removable in-shower bath mats. Bathroom grab bars: ideally, these should be anchored into the wall, but if that’s not possible, opt for a safety rail clamped onto the side of the tub. Quality step ladder: purchase a broad-based heavy-duty step ladder with a hand-hold bar across the top to safely reach items stored out of reach. Lighting: whether it’s making a bathtub brighter or installing motion-activated night lights in the hallway, better lighting can help prevent falls and make hobbies, reading, etc. more enjoyable. Lighting improvements might be as simple as changing the bulbs (to higher wattages or to bulbs that mimic daylight instead of “yellow” soft lighting) or adding battery-operated units.
for aging in place:
Hand shower: convert a standard fixed shower head into a hand-held system with a flexible hose.
Raised toilet seats: no need to buy a new toilet- a removable seat can be added to most standard toilets.
Mail catcher: mail delivered via a mail slot ay be easier to retrieve than from a mailbox, especially if a narrow basket is mounted below the door opening so the recipient doesn’t have to pick mail off the floor.
Knobs: replace round door and/or faucet knobs with lever styles, which are easier to turn Likewise, loop pulls can make drawers easier to open.
Eating: specially-designed ups and eating utensils can minimize food spills, including weighted options that help counterbalance shake-prone hands.
Keep things handy: move often-used items to easy-to access locations
Eliminate excess “stuff”: having fewer items to store, sort, juggle and handle can make aging in place an easier and more enjoyable proposition.
You can count on your SRES
– Anne Rossley–
to guide you through the process of buying and/or selling your home,
making the transaction less stressfull and more successful!
Links for more tips and products for aging in place:
- Five cool tech tools for seniors
- Aging Care Products
- Assistive Devices for Seniors
- Bedroom comfort and safety