Not everyone has the luxury of completely changing the appearance of their house to accommodate their aging parents. However, living with older people still requires some changes to be made around the house. These changes can be small or big, depending on your needs and budget. The most important thing to keep in mind when designing a house for seniors is to make it safe and secure. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
In order to avoid slips, falls and other accidents it’s mostly recommended to either change the flooring or cover the floors with rugs. If you plan to add rugs and mats in the house or you already have rugs covering the surface, consider adding non-skid mats under rugs to prevent slips and falls. Don’t forget to reduce the height of thresholds and get rid of any obstacles that might stand in their way, so that seniors don’t trip over and injure themselves.
Stairs can be very dangerous, especially for seniors or older persons that have a mobility impairment. Install handrails on both sides of the stair case and make sure that the stairway is lit very well. Another great tip is to install a stair lift in your house so that the seniors have easier access to other rooms of the house. There are many types of stair lifts to choose from, just make sure that it comes with safety features and that it’s easy to use.
For someone with living with arthritis, the simple task of turning a doorknob can be excruciating. The best thing you can do in this case is to replace doorknobs with lever-style hardware. You can also add levers on faucets, to make life easier for seniors living in the house.
Entering and exiting the house
It’s important to place lights at the entry of the house and add a table for putting things down when entering the house. It’s important to clear any objects laying around and have a clutter free space, so that the seniors don’t trip or get distracted from entering the house. Exiting the house shouldn’t pose any problems to an older person or someone who is living with a disability. If your aging parents use mobility scooters to go to different places, you should think about providing them with mobility scooter access. The most simplest solution is to change the doors and opt for a wider set of doors, so that they have easy mobility scooter access.