Looking after a senior loved one that has developed mobility issues can mean having to make a lot of lifestyle adjustments. Whether you’re helping them to convert their home or whether you’re moving them into your own private residence, you’ll need to add features to your home to make it friendlier for your elderly relative’s needs. Here are some conversion methods that you may wish to adopt.
Buy special furniture and equipment
Some household furniture may no longer be suitable for your senior loved one. This can include baths, showers, sofas and beds that are too low or high. On top of these pieces of furniture, you may wish to adopt certain equipment. For getting about you may need to buy walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, whilst fixed gadgets such as stairlifts and ceiling lifts may also come in handy. For small steps leading to front doors or between rooms, you may need to insert ramps. You can buy such health care products at 1stSeniorCare.com and other senior care retailers.
Free up corridors
Walkways around the home need to be made more accessible. Rugs and other potential trip hazards will need to be removed. Free up any unnecessary clutter in hallways such as shoes and protruding furniture. Buy a caged mailbox – this will stop mail from gathering on the floor making it less a trip hazard as well as making it easier to access. You should also pay close attention to wire and cables that may run along the floor.
Replace uneven ground
Patios and driveways that are uneven could be difficult to walk on. This could include gravel and unnecessary steps. Pay somebody to smooth these out, replacing any loose patio tiles and filling out any dangerous cracks. If your property has floorboards, you should also try to secure any loose or uneven ones.
Tackle slippery bathroom flooring
A popular place for falls is the bathroom. You can tackle slippery flooring by replacing it with rubber tiles. These allow more grip, even when wet. It may also be worth buying a non-slip mat for your bath or shower. If kitchen or garage flooring is similarly slippery you should also aim to replace this.
Insert grab bars
Grab bars around the house can be very useful for manoeuvring around, as well as for standing up and sitting down. Think of areas in the house that most need these actions and get bars fitted (some examples are toilets, showers, beds and armchairs). Some houses will fit grab bars all along a corridor, or up a staircase in which there may not be a stair rail. Whilst these bars can be important features around the home, you should make sure that they’re not more of an obstruction than they are a benefit – a grab bar in a small shower or toilet cubicle may make it more difficult to get in and out if it is protruding too much.