If you or a family member are beginning to find certain things a struggle to do in your own home, it might be time to consider a couple of easy home upgrades that will help you to retain independence as you get into more and more elderly age. Even if you aren’t ageing quite yet you may find that you have mobility issues that could benefit from these same upgrades, or perhaps you’re having an elderly parent come to live with you. Whatever your reason for wanting to make your home more age friendly, these are some great suggestions you can do anytime to make your home safer for yourself or elderly visitors and residents.
The bathroom is one of the rooms where many potential problems reside what with slippery floors and showers with no handles or ways to help stabilise you when the floor is wet. Even just walking across the tiling in socks or slippers can pose a hazard, and so installing hand rails along the walls can be a great way to help everyday stabilisation issues. You can get a nice walk in shower enclosure installed that actually will help create a modern and beautiful bathroom, with the added benefit of a stylish shower seat so you don’t need to worry about it looking like it belongs in an elderly persons residence if you’re concerned about that kind of thing. With shower enclosures it has the added benefit of being able to walk into it, so you don’t need to traverse a bathtub in order to get into the shower either, which will help those with mobility issues or the elderly as well.
Living Space Changes
Various living space changes can be made to help the elderly live in their own homes longer. Things like moving commonly used items into lower cabinets in both the sitting room and kitchen can help avoid unnecessary climbs onto ladders that could result in falls. As we age, climbing to retrieve things is no longer something that seems as easy as it did when we were children, so taking steps to avoid this is a great idea. Other living space changes can involve changing the flooring to incorporate carpeting which can help limit the possibility of slips and trips that linoleum/hardwood and rugs can cause. Be sure to get a reputable carpet installation company to install the carpeting properly to avoid any possible loose corners that can be trip hazards as well.
Stairlifts are a great option for elderly people and those with reduced mobility who live in a home with multiple levels. The nice thing about stairlifts is the fact that they can be custom built to fit even staircases with five to seven stairs and not just those full staircases up to the first storey of the home where bedrooms commonly are. This is a perfect way to help an ageing relative or friend retain home independence and stay sleeping in their own bed – the perfect comfort as we age.
So if you or someone you know is ageing or experiencing problems with their mobility, consider one of the above ways you can start helping them stay happy in their own homes for longer. With so many options these days, you will surely be able to ensure that you come to a successful conclusion and the house can be enjoyed for years to come.