Senior Living: Home Safety Upgrades

More and more people are electing to stay in their homes rather than go into an assisted living center or nursing home in their golden years. In preparation for this, it may be practical to invest in some home remodeling to make life less stressful for home nurses and caregivers.

The bathroom will be one of the most necessary adjustments. Whether you have a shower or a tub, you’ll want to make sure that there is a sturdy seat and the ledge is low enough to step over without lifting your knee. Install railings next to the toilet and tub, and add an anti-slip mat next to both.

If your home is multi-story, consider a cargo lift for the heavy lifting. Home health may mean you’ll need a new bed, a lift chair, or even just getting rid of old furniture that is now in the way of your clear walking path. Also, consider a chair lift to assist with personal mobility.

Doorways are another place that may require remodeling if they are too narrow for a walker or wheelchair to get through. Widening these entrances may be beneficial in preventing scrapes or awkward turns.

Changing out light switches from toggles to rocker panels can be useful with weakening or arthritic hands because of the wider space and minimal effort used to turn the lights on and off.

If you have a gas stove, you may want to change to an electric stove to minimize risks of open flames and gas leaks. Look for an appliance with the dials at the front of the unit instead of the back to minimize burn risks.

Flooring is another important consideration, as loose rugs may be trip risks. Look into carpeting, cork, or vinyl instead of stone tile.

With some intentional changes, you can make staying in your home more comfortable as you age.