If your parents have lived in their home for a long time, they may not want to move out when they get older. With some preparation and choice investments, a home can be transformed into a safe living environment that aids a comfortable lifestyle. Empower your parents to have a mobile, independent, and safe future with these tips.
Installing walk-in baths and showers create a safer washing environment for all elderly parents, especially those with mobility problems. Walk-ins reduce the risk of falls associated with regular bathtubs, giving you peace of mind when you're not around.
Getting up and down
In a multi-storey home, the ability to get up and down between floors is essential. Your parents need to be safe and independent. Stairlifts are ideal for tired legs, but they can be slow. If you can afford a little more, consider elevator installation. An elevator is preferable for any parent who uses a wheelchair to get around.
Fall hazards and clutter
Removing clutter and trip hazards such as loose rugs will reduce the risk of falls. Create an environment that is easy to navigate around while also being easy to maintain. If your parents use wheelchairs, careful arrangement of furniture will make their path through the house easier.
Placing handrails in appropriate places around the bathroom will help your parents get on and off the toilet. The ability to be self-sufficient and use the toilet independently is crucial to many aging parents' dignities.
Sleep is essential for good health. As your parents become less mobile, upgrading to an adjustable bed will help them get in and out of bed every morning and night. An adjustable bed will also enable your folks to sleep in the optimally comfortable position—a must for those with age-related aches and pains.
Well-lit rooms are essential, especially for aging parents with failing eyesight and vision problems. Remote controlled lighting and motion sensor lighting are ideal for parents who struggle to get up and down repeatedly. Hands-free lighting for bedrooms will provide a safe, clear passage when your parents get up in the middle of the night.
Subscribing to an emergency care service is ideal if you're live far from your parents' home and can't visit regularly. These services will respond immediately if alerted, and many can also check in with parents to remind them to take medication.
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