Is Your Home Ready for You to Age in Place?

March 18, 2019 | BY PHS Staff

At Preferred HealthStaff, we know that aging in place is the best option for some people. It takes preparation though, and we don’t just mean securing our dependable at home care services and calling it a day. For our clients, we recommend that they make some changes to their home that make them more friendly to aging seniors. Whether it’s for the sake of safety or convenience, here are some ways to make sure that your home is ready for you to age in place.

Easier to Open Doors

A typical door knob can be difficult to use for an older person who develops arthritis or other ailments. Replacing them with lever door handles can make life much easier for a senior aging in place. On that same note, loop-like handles on cabinet doors or dresser drawers can help with accessibility problems as well.

Better Lighting

You want to make sure that you can see well in your home if you plan to age in place. Installing better, brighter fixtures can help. A slip and fall can end up becoming a full-blown medical emergency for our older clients, so making sure that you can see clearly and won’t trip is a must.

Slip and Fall Resistance

On that same note, preparing the home with slip-resistant surfaces is a critical step. This is especially true in any area where the floor could get wet, like in the bathroom or kitchen, or by entryways.

Have Something to Hold

It’s also a wise idea to install grab bars in the bathroom. You’ll want to be able to raise and lower yourself safely. While you’re at it, check out your banisters and make sure that they’re secure. If they need an upgrade, now’s the time to do it.

Ease of Access

Ease of access is critical all over your home. Can you easily get from your garage or another entryway into your home? Do you have at least one entrance that doesn’t require you to walk up steps? If you have a wheelchair, can every room accommodate you if you need to turn around or move through them? If not, you may need wider doorways and some other additions to make your home more friendly for aging in place.

Even if you don’t have a wheelchair, a walker also requires more space. And if you don’t have that, it’s always a positive to have more room to move around and less chance of bumping into something and harming yourself.

Consider Single Floor Living

Ideally, a home where you would age in place allows you to do everything that you need to on just one floor. This can make a big difference for many seniors, since even active ones may begin to have issues with stairs after a while. This also reduces the chances of a problematic slip and fall.

 

Your Local In Home Care Provider in Fairfield, PA, Martinsburg, WV and Surrounding Areas

With the proper preparation and the help of our home care providers, you can make the most of your time in your home as you age in place. If you have any questions, the experts here at Preferred HealthStaff would be happy to answer them and help you get your home ready for this next chapter.