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Friday, June 16, 2017

Ways to Make a Home More Senior Friendly

Elderly care offered by a home care specialist can enhance the quality of life for you or a loved one. However, proper care is not just limited to hiring an elderly care specialist. Here is a look at some ways to make a home more senior friendly.


Bathrooms

The bathroom is a prime place for slip and falls. To ensure this does not happen, it is a good idea to elevate the toilet while also installing a grab bar next to it. A roll-in shower makes bath time much safer and there are plenty of options when it comes to showerheads. Handheld shower heads are very popular and more accessible. There is also the option of lowering the sink and ensuring there is appropriate room for knee clearance. Stylish and functional, slip resistant floor and shower mats can be another nice addition to a bathroom.


Kitchen

Open space is a senior’s best friend in the kitchen. Raising the dishwasher is another way to keep seniors from having to bend over into difficult positions. Storage space should also be easily accessible. This means moving everyday used items to the easiest reached areas while trying to eliminate anything from being out-of-reach, especial high up. This will help reduce any need for them to use step stools or ladders. Non-slip flooring is another good idea, which can also be used in bathrooms.


Entryways

It’s not uncommon for a senior to trip on a raised entryway. If there is a step leading into the front door, adding a small ramp can solve the problem. The same remedy would suffice in other areas of the home as no-step entryways are much safer for senior in-home care Shelby NC.


Door Handles

It is not always a simple task for seniors to grab a doorknob and spin it with the right amount of pressure. Lever door handles can replace traditional door knobs, many of which require just a few pounds of pressure to open.


Electrical Outlets

Mounting electrical outlets more than a foot off the ground makes for easier use and less chance of a fall. This will take some electrical work, but it is not considered a major renovation.

Lighting

Every room in the home should be equipped with an ample amount of lighting. This is a relatively easy fix that could come with adding some more lamps or using higher wattage light bulbs.

However, the brightest lamp does not help if the switch cannot be found. For that reason, a good amount of thought should go into imaging how an elderly person will likely move through a home. While doing this, ensure there is enough "nightlights" for them to make it to a main light switch safely. Track lights and sensor activated lights, lights that turn on when it detects motion, are options as well.


Sometimes the best thing for seniors to have is a helping hand. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Helping Hands Nursing Referral Service Inc can provide the kind of home care every senior deserves. This can be for a few hours each week or 24-hour a day of at-home nursing service Shelby.

If you and/or a loved one are in need of a senior caregiver in Shelby, NC, Helping Hands Nursing Service has a solution for you.