Adapting Home for the Elderly

Considering a Move to an Assisted Living Community? Get helpful tips for Adapting a Home for the Elderly

Although senior living communities and nursing home centers have their benefits, the number of seniors who decide to stay in their own homes is increasing.  According to the latest study, three quarters of the aging Americans said they would love to remain in their home as long as they can instead of going to senior retirement homes.  However, as a person gets older, living at home might become difficult, even risky. Most people have heard of child proofing a home, but few realize that “seniorizing” the home is equally important.

Adapting Home for Elderly – “Seniorizing” Your Home 

Health problems can increase the chances of injury. For instance, slipping and falling is one of the most common causes of injury in the elderly.

Here are a few simple tips that can make aging in place at home safer and more comfortable.

–    Helping your loved ones get around with ease is of utmost importance. For starters, spread out the furniture and create plenty of room and clear the walkways of unnecessary items. Make sure lamps and light switches are easily accessible and lighting is bright enough: the brighter the lights around the home – the better. It’s true that a person can never be too safe, but the goal here is preventing as many slips as possible.

–    Reorganize the items your loved one uses the most so that you can be sure that they’re within his reach. Store food, dishes, glasses and the like on shelves that are easily accessible to prevent falls. For cooking, you should prepare some easy-to-cook and healthy meals and store them in the fridge for your loved one to just heat them up. If you don’t have time for cooking, stock the pantry and store with dishes like sandwiches, soups and some already prepared meals.

Other General Tips That Can Make Your Home Safe

The following are some general tips that can be of a lot of help when dealing with the caregiving stress. You might say the next tips are way too obvious, but they are often ignored by the majority:

•    Consider a medical alert system;
•    Make sure every floor has a smoke alarm and check the alarm batteries regularly;
•    Place fireplace protective screens;
•    Remove throw rugs;
•    Make the bathrooms safer: place non-skid mats, use bath benches and shower chairs and install grab handlers.  Contact a local durable medical equiptment company to discuss your options for home modification.

 

In general, Aging-in-Place has two categories: modifying existing housing (DIY modifications) and applying universal design principles into new construction. The modifications in both categories ease the physical challenge of the elderly without turning their home into a clinical setting.

As you can see, these home care changes are inexpensive and easy to make, meaning the senior care cost is low. If you need more complicated modifications, you might need a professional help from At Home Assistance centers.  Some of these services might be free but some might have some kind of senior care costs that usually depend on the care plan. Caregivers and family members alike need to know that above modifications are not covered by insurance such as Medicare.   Home Adaptation Improvements are fantastic services available and should be considered as a valuable option for those senior citizens desiring the ability to age in place at home.

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