Senior independence can be a touchy subject. Your loved one may decide they want to stay in their home and stay out of a nursing home. Here are some tips on making their home as safe and senior friendly as possible. Some things to consider when trying to help your senior maintain their independence may be:
Is the home easy to move around and is it clean and clutter free?
Are there area rugs or electric cords which could possibly cause someone to trip?
Clutter Free Way to Be—Keep floors and walkways clear of unnecessary items(clutter). something just as simple as shifting the furniture can be helpful to those who may have balance or vision problems. Move any rugs, cords, or other obstructions, and make sure all pathways are clear enough to move freely without fear of tripping or falling accidents.
Is the home senior user friendly and are items such as medications within reach and easy to open?
Accessibilty is Key—Everything should be within reach and easily accessible, including the refrigerator, cabinets, drawers, doors and shelving. Medications and other things that may be difficult to open need to be easy to open.
Are there sturdy grips in the bathroom or where ever there may be a step up?
Get a Grip—Install grab bars and handrails near the shower, toilet, bed, their favorite place to relax whether it be the couch or recliner so they can get up easily. If they have rugs, using non-slip mats and placing double-sided tape under rugs can help minimize slips also.
Is the home well lit and do you have night lights throughout the home?
Bring Light to Things—Check that every room is well lit. Installing plenty of night lights throughout the house (especially along staircases) can help improve nighttime visibility and prevent trips or falls over unseen objects.