Some seniors want to remain in their homes for as long as they can these days, and why not? It may well be paid for; it’s what they’re familiar with; and there are likely many happy memories there. But as adults age, it may not be as easy to get around as it once was. There are many changes that can be made to make life simpler for them and help them stay in their home for a longer period of time.
- One of the simplest modifications you can make for your loved one is to help them re-arrange their kitchen so things are easier to get to. This may mean moving things from higher or lower shelves and cabinets to something more in between where they don’t have to reach as high or bend as low. If that’s not as easy as it may sound, they can get grabbers to access things that are higher. A Lazy Susan could also be installed, making many things accessible all at once.
- Countertops can be lowered, or even removed, if tour loved one is in a wheelchair.
- If turning handles is difficult, you can install lever door handles instead of knobs that turn.
- Doorways can be widened to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, if your parent or loved one is using one.
- Non-skid strips can easily be placed in the shower/tub. If necessary, a step-in tub or sit-down shower can be installed. Sit-down tubs can be a real plus for seniors who have trouble getting in and out of the tub. Grab bars in the bathroom near the toilet and in the shower are easy and inexpensive modifications to make.
- Remote-controlled blinds. A bad set of blinds can be problematic for some seniors, especially if they aren’t very mobile to begin with. This way they can control them remotely without having to stand or reach over furniture.
- Installation of a stair-lift is possible if your family member can no longer get up and down stairs like they used to. This can be costly, especially if the staircase requires a custom fitting. Costlier yet is installing an elevator, though some newer homes and condos for seniors are being built with elevators in them, or at least a place for an elevator to go.
- If your parent finds stairs challenging, you may also want to consider the installation of a wheelchair or handicap-accessible ramp outside the home.
If manuevering through and maintaining the home is becoming increasingly difficult for your senior loved one, consider bringing in a home care provider who can help them get around and maintain their safety.
For elder care in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.
When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
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