Make Your Home Elderly Loved One’s Friendly
Many of us end up taking an elderly family member or friend into our home at some point, either for a short stay or on a more long-term basis. The idea of this can cause a bunch of worries, and understandably so. After all, someone who is less able to move with the same speed and flexibility as you won’t be as comfortable in your home as you are – more worryingly, they may not be as safe.
If you’re going to bring an elderly person in your home, then you’re going to have to give the place a good review and perhaps make some modifications. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things you’re going to have to consider!
The first thing you need to do is review your home and identify any problems that an elderly person may have. A good way to do this thoroughly is to think about the several tasks that one has to complete at home. Making food, or even getting something from the refrigerator and cupboards, needs to be considered; getting the mail, reaching safety items, going up the stairs… there’s a lot to think about! Consider just going about your day and making a list of the things you’re doing along with any problems that could emerge.
Getting in and out
Perhaps the first thing that people think about is how the elderly person is going to get into the house. Modifying and adding a bunch of stuff in your home isn’t going to do much good if the elderly person can’t even get in, right? Thankfully, most people won’t find that they have to make modifications.
However, if you have stairs leading up to your front door, then you’ll need to give that some thought. See if you can get a ramp installed on the property; you may need to consult with your local homeowners’ association about this. Making modifications to the hallway by the front door may also be required to ensure there’s always plenty of room to maneuver.
You’ll have to consider the unpleasant task of thinking about what can go wrong with an elderly person in your home. The first thing that people usually think about relates to shoring; bathrooms are where the majority of accidents involving elderly people at home occur.
Handrails and anti-slip surfaces are vital. You should also consider making sure all your towels are more absorbent. This may seem like odd advice, but more absorbent towels means that less water ends up getting on the floor! A wall mounted first aid box somewhere in your home may also be useful. Check out the 3 pieces of equipment you need in a wall mounted first aid box to ensure that you have everything you could need.
Of course, before you start thinking about the inside of your bathroom, you may need to think about how your elderly loved one is going to get there! Consider carefully where they’re going to be sleeping. You’ll want to ensure that their bedroom is as close as possible to the other rooms that they’ll need. Try to ensure things are kept on the same floor (preferably the first, of course!).
Our elderly loved ones always looked out for us and now we need to do the same!