Making Your Home Safe for Seniors
Some of us stay with our elderly parents, in-laws or even grandparents.
When it comes to these frailer figures who are more prone to accidents, precise precaution must be taken.
Fool-proofing your home for them will also make day-to-day life made easier and convenient.
Let’s walk through this together!
Buffing Up Your Bathroom
Giving them some grip offers a sense of security and accessibility. Install strategically-positioned grab bars in the shower area, bathtub and beside the toilet.
This puts away the potential of dangerous falls and slipping. Make sure they are securely attached to the walls – a poorly secured one spells disaster.
The bars should also be able to support up to 300kg of weight. Opt for vertical or U-shaped bars rather than diagonal ones that raise the risk of falling from hands slipping off.
Sit, Not Slip
Bathing is a risky activity because the wet and slippery floor poses many hazards.
Having your elderly parents sit on the floor to minimise this risk would be troublesome and uncomfortable as well.
For an ideal solution, you can add a comfortable seat or small bench to fit inside the shower area.
If you’re worried that your bathroom is already small, and it’ll take up space, fret not.
You can opt for fold-down seats that can be adjusted however you like it, or even store it away conveniently.
Make sure your showerhead is also fully adjustable, flexible and easy to reach, and not fixed onto one particular height.
Run Down Risks
While you’re fixing up comfy seats, remember to add anti-slip protection for the bathroom and shower areas.
That means anti-slip bath mats, strips, and non-skid mats – whatever you can find that prevents potential slipping and sliding.
It’s always quality over quantity, so before you reach out for that bath mat at half-price, check whether it’s sturdy and whether it’s a reputable brand first.
Is Tech the Way to Go?
Although many of us prefer modern, automated homes because of their convenience, think twice if you’re staying with seniors.
Many people belonging to the older generation find electronic gizmos and technology as understandable as reading ancient Greek text.
Chances are that they won’t be as accustomed to or adapt to using these devices soon enough.
The best way would be to go with the old-school options, like manual switches and remote controls for the television, air-conditioner and other appliances.
Are They Accessible?
Accessibility is an important factor when designing your home to suit the elderly.
You don’t want them to encounter any accidents when fumbling about for that bottle of chili sauce on the shelf.
Install shelves with an open design for things that are often accessed, like foodstuff or daily necessities.
Avoid putting things in high shelves either because you don’t want them to be standing on tip-toes or standing precariously on a chair.
Don’t overload your high shelves, if any, with heavy things either. This minimises the possibility of any shelf collapsing or falling.