Safety is always a major concern regardless of age. However, it’s of particular concern for two specific age groups — children and the elderly. Whether you’re one or you live with one, making sure that your home is senior-friendly can be a pressing concern.
Particularly for seniors who are still strong or strong-willed enough to care for themselves, it’s best to provide safe ways for them to perform daily activities. The area with the greatest potential for accidents is usually the bathroom. The easiest fix is to install grab bars near the toilet and inside the shower. You can even take it one step further by installing a walk-in tub for seniors who might appreciate a warm soak to soothe their aches and pains.
Keeping an open layout is great, but you also need to make sure that you have handrails in areas where there are steps or raised platforms. In places like the kitchen, where you may need to reach for things overhead, finding a stable ladder or footstool is essential. As much as possible, find ones that have wide areas to step onto. Some even have locks to keep them from suddenly closing or folding on you.
Wide Open Spaces
In general, keeping an open layout is favorable for seniors. This leaves enough room for movement and reduces the chance of getting into an accident, from bumping into or going around furniture. It also means seniors who may need the aid of walkers or a wheelchair will have room to maneuver without fear of falling over or getting caught on furniture.
Keep any necessary medication within easy reach and do the same for the phone and all emergency numbers. Do regular checks of all the electrical, heating, and plumbing systems, as well as roof and gutter cleanups. This way, you can best ensure their safety, comfort, and well-being regardless of whether they’re assisted or living alone.
Safety is a major concern for the elderly. Do what you think is best to keep every corner of the house away from risks.