Comfort is the most important thing when it comes to caring for an elderly loved one – especially when your senior is living with you in your home. Senior care can be a challenge within your own home when it comes to accessibility and safety. While your home may be comfortable for you and your family, for your senior, it might present many obstacles. Fortunately, there are quite a few home improvements you can put into place to make your home for comfortable and accessible for your senior!
First, we take a look at the exterior of the home. One of the best things to invest in is a no-step entryway. This means there are literally no steps to enter the home – from the sidewalk to the driveway to the door. No step entryways make coming and going easy for your senior, especially if they have mobility issues.
The bathroom is a space occupied quite often by people, including your seniors. This should be a room that is safe and comfortable. To start, consider adding grab bars and handles to help make tasks easier, like getting in and out of the shower or lowering one’s self onto the toilet. Likewise, installing a roll-in shower is another great investment as it is simple to get in and out of. You can also add a chair in your shower so your senior can sit if they tire easily or if it is hard for them to stand.
Your senior’s bedroom should be plenty comfortable for your senior as they will likely spend a great deal of their time in their room. Make sure they have plenty of space in the room to maneuver and navigate. In any closets, use shelving units that your senior can reach with ease. Instead of the traditional flip switch to turn on the lights, instead use roller light switches – They are easier on your senior’s hands!
Creating a senior care-friendly environment is even possible in the kitchen! If your senior likes to cook, consider installing countertops of various heights and low cooking surfaces. This will help keep them free of any back pain. If you have mounted appliances, like a microwave, ensure that they are easily reachable.
Would you like further advice on making your home senior-safe for your loved one? If so, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Please give our experts a call today and schedule your consultation.