3 Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place
While non-medical caregivers do their best to keep seniors independent, some home modifications can make aging in place easier and convenient for the elderly. These modifications if executed well can significantly increase the level of safety at home and help reduce slips and falls. Also, they are usually less expensive than taking the assisted living path, which is why people who plan to age in place prefer them to assisted living.
If you or your loved one has a firm plan to age in place, here are a few home improvements you might consider:
For seniors relying on mobility aids such as a wheelchair, navigating through doorways is difficult. Widening doorways in your home can provide them with easy access to different rooms and areas within the building and help improve their mobility. However, the cost for widening doorways may vary depending on the arrangement of electrical switches and outlets in the home.
Shower and Bathtub Modifications
Most injuries to seniors occur in the bathroom as a result of a slip or fall. Though a dedicated non-medical caregiver ensures the safety of the senior to a great extent, they can’t prevent slips and falls in the bathroom. This is why shower and bathtub modifications are must-have home improvements. Replace your standard bathtub with a walk-in tub. You can also consider installing a walk-in shower for better safety and accessibility.
After doorways and the bathroom, the next course of action to take is to replace the flooring if it presents the risk of tripping. Vinyl, tile, laminate and hardwood floors tend to be more slippery than carpet and thus pose greater risk of trips and falls. Consider covering your flooring with rugs or short-nap carpets as they are safer for people with a wheelchair or walker. If your existing carpet is old and shaggy, consider replacing it with a new one.
Doorways, the bathroom, and the floor in the home aren’t the only areas where you need to work on for comfortable and convenient aging in place. You need to modify every area in your home that raises safety concerns for seniors.
To keep the elderly independent as they age in place, you might also want to get help from an elderly care agency who provides you with compassionate and skilled non-medical caregivers.