When your loved ones reach an age where their mobility is not what it used to be, you may be wondering how best to take care of them. Of course, this will depend on your personal circumstances, but in this blog, we are going to talk about ways you can adapt your loved one’s homes to accommodate their changing needs.
You may want to start by thinking about the areas in the home with the highest probability of slipping and falling. The bathroom, for example, is a place where many accidents happen, so you may need to install grab bars. You also want to place anti-slip mats inside and outside the shower or tub.
If the home is multilevel, the stairs may become a danger for someone with limited mobility so again, make sure there are handrails on both sides of the staircase. You may also need to install extra lighting to provide extra illumination for each step. Periodically check for loose carpeting on the stairs and surrounding areas.
Another major tripping hazard is corded appliances. Check that no electrical cords are stretching across high traffic areas. Ideally, they should be fixed firmly to a wall. You will also want to make sure that there are no electrical cords running underneath rugs, as this is a fire hazard. You may need to rearrange the room in order to position electrical items next to an outlet.
These are just a few ways to make your aging loved ones’ homes a little safer for them. No doubt, as you go through their home, you will find additional ways to ensure their safety.