Taking care of an elderly person? Trying to make their home safer for them to live in? Follow these simple tips to help make their home safer and more accessible.
- Install handles near the toilets to aid in getting up and down.
- Install an emergency cord in case they need help.
- Place a walk around tub or shower with plenty of handles and a non-slip surface.
- Add a tub with a seat.
The Living Room
- Install a chair lift to help get them up and down staircases.
- Make sure that all the electrical cords are against the walls or bundled behind the furniture.
- Remove tripping hazards by fastening all the rugs and other items to the floors that could bunch up.
- Consider installing levers on entry doors instead of doorknobs.
- Install night-lights throughout the house so they can see at night and early in the morning.
- Install easy ramps over doorways that change from carpet to tile so the wheelchair or walker does not get stuck on the flooring strip.
- Get drawers that are easy to open.
- Install shelves that slide open for easy access to dishes and other contents.
- Lower counter tops and appliances to help seniors with wheel chairs use countertop equipment.
A safer home for seniors starts with modifying the house for accessibility and safety. Using these tips seniors will remain independent longer!