Simple Adaptations Can Make Your Home More Accessible for Seniors Visiting for the Holidays

RJC2008Are you having your parents or an older relative visit for the holiday?  Accommodating an elderly relative may not require a total remodeling; a few changes and low-cost purchases can make your home more accessible and visitable for the holidays.  Consider the following adaptations:

  • Consider having your senior visitor sleep on the main floor so they don’t have to go up and down stairs.
  • Lever handle for easy openReplace door knobs with door levers making it easier for everyone to open doors, not just your visitor.
  • Consider your seniors’ safety by adding some walk-off carpets (low pile, rubber backing) on potentially slippery floors in the entryway,in the bathroom, and in the kitchen.  
  • Make sure any and all throw rugs you have down have low pile & good traction backing to prevent tripping-(or pick them up).
  • Install a hand-held shower head.
  • Buy a transport bench (available at most pharmacies and some big box stores) for easier access to and from the tub.  The benches extend beyond the side of tub for easier access into it.
  • Consider purchasing a portable shower chair for your visitors safety at a pharmacy or big box store.
  • Consider a portable raised toilet seat with support bars. http://ht.ly/3mJZh (also available at most pharmacies and some big box stores).Easy adaptability for aging in place
  • Consider night lights and/or motion sensor lights so they aren’t moving around in the dark or unfamiliar place.
DB102709001Making sure your home is a safe and comfortable place for your aging parents or any senior coming for a visit is the best gift you can give this holiday.
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One response to “Simple Adaptations Can Make Your Home More Accessible for Seniors Visiting for the Holidays

  1. Don’t forget about being safe when you visit friends and family or have visitors at your home… a portable ramp is always a great item to have on hand to make sure your loved ones arrive and leave safely!

    @EZACCESSramp
    http://www.ezaccess.com

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