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.

The Bathroom

  • 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.

The Kitchen

  • 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!