As loved ones age, home safety becomes more of a priority. When it comes to home living, most seniors prefer to keep their independence. This means aging in place is becoming more popular and caregivers need to understand proper safety procedures at home. To retain mobility and stability, here are some tips to renovating your home.
Floors and Storage
As someone loses balance and stability, broken bones become more of a risk. The best thing that you can do is to remove obstacles from the floor. Make sure walkways are not too narrow, that magazines, dog beds or extra clutter doesn’t pile in places that would make it difficult for someone to walk through. In addition, inspect for any cords that might be in the way.
Of course, as you gather the clutter, you may need to find a safe place to store it. You should scale furniture down so that maneuvering is easier. Likewise, you should either remove all throw rugs or tape them down. If the rug slips, your loved one may fall. In addition to removing obstacles, wearing shoes indoors can alleviate some risk of slip and fall accidents.
Stairs and Steps
Stairs and steps are difficult for older adults aging in place. First, make sure that the handrails are sturdy and that the carpets are secure. There should also be plenty of lighting so no one misses a step. In addition, make sure that you never store anything on the stairs.
Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms
Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom safety are crucial. Everything should be within reach, the rooms should be well lit and grab bars and transfer chairs make a big difference. When it comes to aging adults, everything should be accessible.
Seniors deserve to age gracefully in the comfort of their own home. With the right renovations, you can support aging in place. With some extra lighting and a little decluttering, you will be on your way to a more accessible home.