If you’re like most people these days, you probably have an ageing relative that might need care that you’re struggling to provide on your own. Or maybe they’re just living in a home that’s beginning to provide more of a hindrance to their safety than anything else. Moving elderly relatives to care homes can be upsetting, not just for them, but for you as well, and it’s not just expensive but can be sometimes soul destroying. Helping elderly relatives live in their own homes longer is the key to keeping them happy, healthy and worry free, but how do you go about fixing up their homes to keep them safe? Here are some easy ways you can start fixing up their home to make it elderly-friendly.
To help the elderly live in their own homes for longer, the ability to access every part of their house remains vital. This is why the idea to get a stairlift fitted is one of the best ways to help them access all parts of the home, sleep in their own bed and still retain independence within their space. The moment they lose the ability to move around their home freely, the frustration with their limited mobility can begin to affect their moods and mental health. You can help keep these issues at bay by providing real solutions to mobility issues, like with the installation of a stairlift.
Rugs And Carpets
Rugs and carpets can provide trip and slip hazards which can prove to be deadly to elderly people. Corners of carpets that flip up or rugs with no grips underneath can be dangerous to those with mobility issues or to elderly people who shuffle their feet while walking. Remove these hazards or have them replaced or repaired to ensure there’s no problematic accidents. Consider putting rubber fittings under rugs in the likes of the kitchen, or even putting yoga mats under rugs to provide no slip grips.
Changing cupboards in kitchens, bathrooms and garages will help provide elderly residents the ease of access to everyday items like pots, pans and cooking utensils which will help eliminate frustration with getting access to these items. If your relative enjoys cooking, be sure to change their cupboards with their help so they can get to their favourite dishes, cooking pots and more. Perhaps consider labelling cupboards for them until they get used to the new locations or move the items with their help so they can actively choose the locations for their frequently used cooking pots. This will help keep them happy and independent in their home with the ability to provide themselves with freshly cooked, healthy meals.
A Helping Hand
For those tricky bathrooms and stairwells, it can be beneficial to have additional supports installed. If you aren’t sure about having them professionally installed, consider buying place and click supports with suctions that can provide assistance in getting up from the toilet, getting out of the shower and the like. These can help your relative still retain their independence and privacy when using the bathroom for its intended purposes such as showering or bathing so they don’t need to call on you or a caregiver to assist them.
So if you’ve been looking for a great way to help your loved one retain their independence, bolster their happiness and provide longevity in staying in their home, consider some of the ways we mention above. Keeping elderly people happy, healthy and safe is key to providing them the best care and the best chances at a longer and happier life.