If you over 65, there is a high possibility that the house you live in might not have grown up with you. Things change and you may be less capable of handling everyday tasks in the same house you lived in when you were younger. If that is the case, there are simple ways to ‘seniorize’ a home. Read our simple tips below:
Safety is the first concern
Even the most average of homes is full of dangers for a senior citizen. Therefore, additional safety precautions are a must. For starters, be sure to install smoke alarms just about anywhere you see fit. A carbon monoxide alarm would also be a good idea to prevent unlikely yet dangerous accidents. Consider using intercoms and monitors, good lighting in all areas of the house and remote switches for lights. Additional measures include installing protective screens for fireplaces, covering hot water pipes, placing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, as well as creating escape plans for any emergency.
Look for hazards all around the house
If you have difficulties with walking, eyesight or balance, the dangers of an average home pose greater risks. For instance, doorway thresholds that are raised, throw rugs, clutter and some carpets can lead to accidental tripping and will need to be removed. Having pieces of furniture that stick out into pathways, slippery floors and electrical cables may be dangerous. And be sure to install non-slippery and sturdy handrails on staircases.
Bathrooms need to be extra safe
Bathrooms can be rather dangerous for seniors but these dangers are easily prevented. Slipping is the most prominent risk in a bathroom. For instance, adding grab handles to bathrooms will prevent slipping, while non-skid mats inside and outside the tub or shower cubicle will also provide protection from slipping. Shower benches and chairs can be a great help for an elderly person.
Make a change to daily activities
There is no need for an elderly person to rush and hurry about. Instead, there are plenty of ways to simply slow down and to make a change to the daily activities to make life safer and simpler. Things like storing regularly used household items within easy reach, purchasing a grabber for items that are far away or using a phone with larger numbers can help create a safer, senior-friendly lifestyle. In addition, simple changes such as not carrying a lot of things at once, adding a place to put packages right next to your door and wearing comfortable shoes can make a world of difference.