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Tips on Converting a House into a Senior-Friendly Home


Although some of us may opt for placing our senior loved ones in facilities and homes so that they can receive 24/7 care, we must also consider another option which may make your elderly loved ones feel more comfortable and at ease. That option is to provide in-home homemaking and companionship care to your senior loved ones at the safety and comforts of their own homes.

Now, if you are worried that allowing your senior loved ones to stay in a house on their own may cause accidents and mishaps, then simply make the house senior-friendly! Now these may require modifications, however, if your elderly loved ones are still capable and they would want to be independent in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), then these modifications will not cost nearly as much as if you will be paying when locked in a monthly or yearly contract in a retirement home, especially if your senior loved ones are still capable of handling daily personal tasks and activities on their own. Just follow these steps in creating a senior-friendly, safe, and comfortable living place:

  1. Fall-Proof Entrances and Exits
    Steps and stairs are the number one cause for fall-based accidents and mishaps, so avoid having any sort of inclination in the house, especially in entrances and exits. If the house was already made with steps, installing a good ramp over these would be a good idea.
  2. Design a Large, Easily Accessible Bathroom
    The bathroom is a dangerous place due to a lack of holding material and the slipperiness on the floor that may come with it after showers. Therefore, it is imperative that the bathroom be designed to be safe and convenient for your elderly loved ones. Install handle bars on walls, especially in the shower and near the toilet and sink. It would also be helpful to have non-slip rubber mats in the shower to prevent slipping.
  3. Allow Plenty of Room for Movement
    A house arrangement consisting of a lot of furniture and household items can make the space difficult to navigate in and for your senior loved ones who may be using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs, a big space is required for easy mobility. Keep furniture and household items or décor at a minimum. It will also be helpful to get rid of doors and instead have open entryways between rooms for easy access.

The last and most important step in making a place safe and comfortable for your senior loved ones will be to employ home care services that will provide your elderly with the proper homemaking assistance and companionship they need while remaining in the comforts of their own abode. For quality and efficient home care in Florida, trust L’Elite Homemaker and Companion Services, Inc. We offer services in companionship and homemaking in Bonita Springs, Florida, all done by a team of highly trained and skilled caregivers who are equipped in providing compassionate and genuine care, assistance, and support to your elderly loved ones.

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