Aging is a natural part of life although it can be quite difficult to tackle. Most of that difficulty stems from the deterioration of our physical being. Our skin sags, our joints get rusty and even mundane tasks can prove difficult to accomplish when we reach a certain age. Not even the most organic of diets can prevent this inevitable process. Although, we can always make it a little easier for ourselves or for our aging loved ones. If you or a loved one is intending to spend old age at home, modifications and adjustments have to be made. Here are a number of necessary home modifications for creating a safe space for the elderly.
Slip-Resistant Decks, Walkways, and Patios
A senior’s outdoor space should be cleared of any slipping or tripping hazards. Decks, walkways, and patios should be made from slip-resistant and durable material. Stamped concrete overlays can be used to update outdoor concrete surfaces. Doing so creates a safe space for seniors to walk on.
Have Ramps Installed
When seniors choose to live at home the reason behind this is usually because they prefer to live independently. The key to home modifications for the elderly is to aid in providing greater independence in accomplishing day to day activities. Outdoor steps can be quite challenging for seniors who have trouble with balance and keeping steady.
Create Open Spaces
Elders need a spacious and uncomplicated home. This makes it easier to navigate around especially with mobility aids. Clear any unnecessary furniture and make sure that decorations are made out of safe material. Fragile materials like glass and ceramics have to be placed somewhere safe and secure to avoid getting them knocked over.
Widen Entrances and Doorways
Most seniors use mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs. Widening entrances and doorways in all areas of the home make it easier to pass through even with mobility aids. This makes it a must-have modification for an elderly’s home.
This especially applies to homes with high staircases. Staircases, after all, can be difficult to tackle with old age and weakened knees. Keep it comfortable, convenient and easy on the knees by installing stairlifts. Stairlifts maybe an expensive addition but well worth it. It’s far more practical than tearing down the whole place to remodel it into a bungalow.