We understand that maintaining your independence while aging in place is important to you, but as you grow older, it’s also important to remember to stay safe while in your home. This might require making modifications that will ensure you are safe. Here are some helpful tips to prepare your home for aging in place.
Remove Tripping Hazards and Have Accessible Furniture
Keeping your home clear of tripping hazards will keep you safe. This also includes clearing walkways of clutter and securing carpets and rugs.
When thinking about furniture in your home, it’s best to make certain that your furniture has sturdy armrests and that it is easy to get up from your seat. You may even need an adjustable bed that is easier to get out of in the mornings as well.
Modify the Bathroom and Make Adjustments in the Bedroom
Inside your bathroom, modifications can be made that would make it safer for when you use the restroom or get in and out of the shower or tub. Grab bars near the toilet and in the shower or bath can help stabilize you. You may even want to consider switching your tub or shower out for a walk-in shower. Adding non-slip mats or adhesive strips in the tub and shower can help keep you stabilized while bathing.
Inside your bedroom, having a bed with a lower height or one that is adjustable will help with getting in and out of each day to prepare your home for aging in place. It’s also important to have your nightstand within reach of your bed and have essential items on it. It’s also good to make sure that you have an accessible way to turn your lights on or off near your bed.
Prepare Stairs and Make the Kitchen Accessible
Because stairs can be difficult to navigate as we age, preparing your stairs for aging at home is necessary. If handrails are not installed on both sides of the stairs, make sure that new railing is installed. And, if walking up or down stairs becomes difficult, consider installing a stairlift so that navigating stairs doesn’t become a problem as you age in place.
There’s no need to avoid the kitchen as you grow older. Preparing your kitchen for aging in place can be very easy. Make sure that all of your frequently used items are within reach. Installing pullout shelves and drawers for easier access to lower cabinets can also help make your kitchen more accessible. And, to make opening drawers and cabinets easier, lever-style handles can be installed. You can also change out your faucets with a lever-style handle to help with turning the water on and off.
Emergency Response System and Smart Home Technology
An emergency response system or a medical alert system can come in quite handy as you age in place. This response system or medical alert system will give you quick access to someone who can help you if you fall or require immediate medical assistance.
Smart Home Technology helps to make living in your home easier. Voice-activated assistants, smart thermostats, and security systems will help you manage your home and keep you safe inside of it.
Preparing your home for aging in place doesn’t have to be scary. These steps will allow you to feel more comfortable and safer while you stay in your own home. And if you feel as if you need help, A Caring Hand at Home is here for you. Contact us today for your free home care consultation, and we will be happy to help you in whatever way we can to make you feel more at home as you age in place.