As our loved ones get older, the more care they require. It can be difficult to do things that once seemed simple, and things we take for granted can suddenly become dangerous. That’s why, it’s important that you know how to lay out your home in a way that keeps your older loved ones safe when visiting. Perhaps they even live with you, which calls for even more awareness of your home’s layout.
To keep your older loved ones safe from getting injured in your home, here are some of the accommodations you should consider making.
Add Grab Bars
It can be difficult for older loved ones to sit down and stand up when using the bathroom. Adding a handle ensures that they can easily give themselves enough force to sit down and get up independently. In addition to the bathroom, you should also consider adding grab bars to the shower. The shower is the number one place where most senior accidents occur, so, a little reinforcement where it counts most can go a long way for older loved ones lacking balance.
Even though you may love your accent rugs throughout the home, the truth is that they can be falling hazards. All it takes is accidentally catching their foot on the corner of one, and your older loved one could find themselves facing a serious injury. You’d be surprised how many falls occur as a result of a simple throw rug. You’re better off removing your rugs altogether to prevent a trip and fall injury.
Although dim mood lighting is no doubt soothing and beautiful in a home, it can be a problem for adults with impaired vision. Make sure that your home is well lit enough that they can get around easily without potentially missing something like stairs. In addition to increasing the brightness of lights, you might want to consider making them automatic.
That way lights turn on and off as needed wherever your older family member goes in the home. A small adjustment like this can make them feel more independent which is empowering the older you get and the more you have to depend on others.
Ideally, you should make sure that all pathways are clear and free up obstructions. All it takes is one stray item out of place and it could lead to a serious fall. Keep all walkways and stairways clear of obstructions and clutter.
Even though something may be clearly visible to you, an older person doesn’t have the same spatial awareness and sharp vision as they once did. When in doubt, and move something out of the way if possible. The same goes for your pets. Even though we may love our furry loved ones, you’d be surprised how many balls are attributed to a passing dog or cat in front of an elderly person. If your elderly loved one is visiting, make sure that you’re aware of your animal’s whereabouts at all times.