Getting older is just a fact of life. Just because your parents are getting older, though, it doesn’t mean that they want to give up the home they love. Fortunately, they don’t have to. With a few modifications, you can make their home a safer environment.
Make Some Bathroom Modifications
One of the most common ways to make a bathroom safer for aging adults is by adding a grab bar in the shower. This is just one modification you can do. Other modifications that you can make include:
- Converting a tub or shower so that your parents can simply walk in.
- Replacing a fixed showerhead with a handheld one.
- Adding grab bars by the toilet.
- Outfitting the sink with a single-handed faucet control.
Create Safer Stairs
Stairs present a serious hazard for older adults. If your parents live in a two-story home, make sure that the steps are clearly defined. Have a second handrail installed so that your parents can hold on to the railings on both sides. Another option to consider is stairlifts.
Improve the Lighting
As your parents get older, their eyesight might not be as sharp as it once was. A well-lit house is key to not only making sure that they can see, but that they avoid accidents as well. Ensure the entire house is well lit, including the bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen, stairs (from top to bottom), and hallways.
Prevent Flooring Issues
Floors present several potential dangers. Slippery floors can lead to falls. Unsecured rugs can slide underfoot. To prevent slips and falls, take steps to ensure slip-resistant floors. Place non-skid mats under loose rugs. Be sure to also eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) any potential tripping hazards throughout the home.
Your parents shouldn’t have to leave their home if they don’t want to. You can, however, take some steps to make their house safer, which can provide you (and them) with peace of mind.