Are you considering inviting your senior loved one to live with you? That’s sweet of you. Before you do so, you need to have in mind that when living with a senior citizen, the everyday routine in the house becomes irrevocably different. Most senior citizens have limited mobility, their natural dexterity too has reduced considerably over the years. Which is why you must modify the environment to make their stay as convenient, and as comfortable as possible. These are some adjustments you need to make.
If you’re living in a two-storey apartment, make the necessary modifications on the ground floor, so that your elderly loved one won’t need to take the stairs to access utilities. If you don’t wish to modify the ground floor, yet you prefer living in an apartment with several floors up, make mobility a priority by settling for an apartment that has elevators. If your new family member is not too frail to take the stairs, you still need to make some adjustments. Installing support rails on either side of the stairs will provide the extra support an elderly person needs. Further, adding contrast strips on the stairs increases visibility, reducing the chance of tripping due to a misstep.
Doorways inside the house have thresholds. Installing indoor threshold ramps allow seniors to go through such doors with minimum hassle. If you are hosting a senior that is dependent on crutches or a wheelchair, ensure you accommodate them by widening your doorways.
To promote their health, physicians recommend that seniors to take short walks around the compound and bask under the morning sun. This calls for improved mobility around the compound. If the pavements show any signs of uneven surfaces and cracks, talk to your landlord about repaving them. The contractor can also add scuffing to the sidewalks to improve footing especially for seniors that use crutches.
Senior citizens, especially female ones, appreciate spending some time in the kitchen. You may need to invest in easy-to-use and easy-to-read kitchen appliances. Additionally, you may have to adjust your kitchen layout to one that favors mobility and reachability. The island kitchen design is a great choice since not only does it allow easy mobility, but it also lets you install low cabinets, sinks, and ovens that are easily accessible. Also, consider switching to sliding glass shelves. They allow the seniors to easily identify what items are in which cabinet and reach them with minimal chance of being hit by the cabinet door.
The bathroom area can be quite hazardous for a senior citizen. The bathroom should be safe, easy to access and use. Consider using non-skid bathroom mats and installing slip-prevention flooring. Additionally, install support bars along the shower walls. Also, consider installing bathtub transfer benches. These aid the senior to sit and have support while getting into the bathtub.
Adjusting your home to accommodate a senior is more of a marathon than a sprint. Ensure you plan the entire renovation with the help of a professional for the most effective solutions.
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