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How to Senior-Proof Your Home for Aging Parents or Grandparents

 

Some people refuse to let their aging parents or grandparents live in a nursing home. They are willing to take care of them and therefore want them to live in their own homes. While keeping the elderly in your home is a great job, it is the one with full of responsibilities.
One of the biggest responsibilities you have is to ensure your house is ideal for the oldies to live safely and comfortably. Here are some ways you can ensure that. Have a look.

1. Remove Transitional Rugs/Carpets


The most common fall injuries among the elderly, aged 65 years and older, are associated with rugs and carpets.
The loose, unsecured, or damaged rugs and carpets can contribute to more trips and falls, leading to sprains and fractures, head injuries, shoulder injuries, and back and spinal cord injuries. To keep seniors safe and secure, it’s best to get rid of transitional rugs, area carpets, and welcome mats from your home.

2. Install Motion Sensor Lights


This comes in handy during the nighttime. The motion sensors, as soon as they detect motion, cause the light to turn on. This helps seniors to watch out for their steps in the dark. Make sure you have a few motion sensor lights installed in various parts of your house, such as the stairway, hallway, or porch area.

3. Have Bathroom Grab Bars



Did you know that most fall injuries occur in bathrooms? This is obviously because bathrooms are not made to be 100% safe and secure. Having bathroom grab bars prevent the older adult from slipping. It also assists them in moving more easily without anyone else’s assistance. You should install grab bars near the toilet and shower.

4. Dangerous Home Accents

Everyone wants their house to look beautiful, which is precisely why they decorate it with lovely decorative items. However, some decorative pieces can be quite dangerous despite being pretty. These include low-hanging chandeliers, flimsy shower glass doors, cabinets with sharp corners, etc. These kinds of home accents can do some serious damage to aging parents and grandparents. So, make sure your home doesn’t accommodate these features.

Examine every part of your house and see if anything can pose a threat to the older member of your family. Remember, a small change – or even a big one – can make a world of difference for your older parents or grandparents.

 

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