Make Your Home Accessible for Grandparent’s Day
This year, the 11th of September marks Grandparent’s Day. Every year, Grandparent’s Day is celebrated as the beginning of National Assisted Living Week to celebrate and bring awareness to those living in assisted living due to their limitations in old age. As people age, homes become less accessible to live in and more of a liability. To get around this, many people choose to live in assisted living facilities to overcome their limitations. For those who don’t wish to leave home, many options can make homes more accessible for the elderly.
This year, take a moment to think about the accessibility of the homes of the elderly. Given the option, most older people would choose to stay in their homes if they could. Here are a few ideas to make homes more accessible for the elderly.
Bathroom Accessibility Upgrades
Bathrooms are the room in the home that is most responsible for household accidents. Every year, thousands of injuries in bathrooms occur, even among the able-bodied. How much worse could it be for someone with hampered mobility?
A great place to start when thinking about bathroom accessibility upgrades is the shower or bathtub. Among the elderly, getting in and out of a tub or slipping on the wet tile while stepping out of the shower are two of the greatest hazards. Some simple ways to overcome this are:
- Roll-in showers
- Walk-in tubs
- Shower seats
Another common hazard in the bathroom is a lack of reinforced railings for balance and maneuvering. Installing a railing around toilets and bathtubs allows those with limited mobility to more easily and confidently move around the space.
Stair Accessibility Solutions
For too many seniors, a multi-story home impedes their way of life once they can no longer confidently live alone. Often they will try to maintain independence in the house where they raised a family despite running the risks of going up and down stairs. Luckily there are ways to accommodate multi-story homes so seniors can continue living independent lives at home.
Stair elevators (or stair lifts) and ramps are the best solutions to overcome mobility issues and risks like stairs. Both make traveling around the home easier and safer. Stair elevators are automatic, powered devices that safely transport seniors upstairs, while ramps are used for small elevation changes like porch steps.
Door Accessibility Solutions
The older people get, the more likely they will have mobility issues. This can often mean being confined to a wheelchair or walker. A problem with wheelchairs and walkers is that doorways can impede them. The first way that doorways restrict those with limited mobility is the door knobs. When seniors use mobility assistance, their hands are always used for balance. This can make gripping a door handle and pulling the door a difficult action. Lever door knobs are a better choice because they can be more easily gripped.
A second way that doors inhibit accessibility is the width. Luckily, widening doorways is simple and can even add value to the home. In almost every case, doorways can be widened to 36 inches, which is the ADA standard for disability access for doorways.
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