Cleaning and organizing a house can be a huge task for an older person. What tips and advice can you share for caregivers trying to help others maintain their homes?
Home Safety: How Well Does Your Home Meet Your Needs?
Make it safe. Make it comfortable. Modify your home for the long-term because the physical changes that come with aging will eventually affect daily living. These changes for you or your loved one could include vision or hearing loss, limited use of the hands, difficulty in reaching objects, dizziness and disorientation, and trouble getting around. Simple home improvements keep older people in charge and preserve their independence.
Conditions inside and outside the home—especially things that increase the risk of falls, such as poor lighting, narrow steps, and slippery surfaces—can be dangerous to older residents. Plenty of products and some simple ideas make homes safer and more convenient:
- Lever door and faucet handles
- Adjustable closet rods
- No scatter rugs
- Handrails on both sides of staircase
- Large rocker light switches
- Grab bars for toilet and tub
- Peepholes or view panels on doors
- Hand-held adjustable showerhead
- Nonskid surface for tub/shower floor
- Bathroom telephone within reach
- Adjustable shower seat
- Bright lighting
Conduct a home safety check to prevent problems that could lead to injuries or loss of independence. Look at your home as if it were the first time you walked in. Ask the questions in the checklist above, and write down your ideas for improvement.
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