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Making Your Home Senior Friendly

When assessing your current living environment to determine if it is senior friendly, you need to examine all the major areas of your home, including entry ways, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, even the backyard. In all these areas, proper lighting is absolutely critical if you wish to avoid accidents.

Entry:  Barrier-free entryways make it easier for a family member or friend who uses a wheelchair or a grandchild whose on crutches because they’ve broken a leg or twisted an ankle, to gain access to your home.

Bathroom:  Space doesn’t get more personal than the bathroom. You use it countless times every day. It should be comfortable, attractive and safe.

To increase safety and accessibility in your master bathroom, you should consider making the following home modifications:

  • Building a roll-in shower with multiple showerheads (height adjustable handheld showerhead and fixed)
  • Lowering the bathroom sink and making sure there’s proper knee clearance
  • Installing an elevated toilet
  • Installing grab bars

Bedroom:  To increase safety and accessibility in your master bathroom, you should consider making the following home modifications:

  • Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering clearance
  • Building a walk-in closet with storage at differing heights
  • Installing rocker light switches that are easier to turn on compared to a more common flip switch

Kitchen:  If you love to cook, but find it difficult to bend over, or if you have a height limitation, there are numerous steps you can take to modify your kitchen to make it more “user-friendly,” such as:

  • Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering space
  • Varying the height of countertops
  • Installing a raised dishwasher
  • Lowering cooking surfaces
  • Mounting a wall oven or microwave at reachable heights
  • Making sure there’s an abundance of storage space within reach

Lighting:  One way to reduce accidents in the home is to make sure you have proper lighting where you need it. Outdoor areas, stairways, the kitchen area, the living room and other places where you like to read, are just a few examples where proper lighting is often needed.

Source:  http://www.ageinplace.org

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Farmington Hills or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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