3 Home Renovations To Help With To Improve Your Elderly Loved One’s Home

If you have an elderly loved one who’s wanting to age at home rather than getting cared for in an assisted living facility, there are some home renovations that should be done around their property so that they can stay safe in the residence that they’re choosing to stay in. 

To help you just where you should be focusing your efforts, here are three home renovations to help with to improve your elderly loved one’s home. 

Get The Bathroom Right

The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for people, but especially for the elderly. With all of the water, electricity, and the changing of positions, it’s no wonder why so many older people get injured in their own bathroom each year. But luckily, there are adjustments that you can make to your elderly loved one’s bathroom to help ensure that they don’t become the next statistic. 

To best make the bathroom a safer place in your elderly loved one’s home, you’ll first want to install grab bars strategically. By placing grab bars near the toilet and in the shower area, you’ll ensure that your loved one has something strong to hold onto when they need some extra help with balance. Additionally, putting in non-slip flooring can also help, too. 

Get Rid Of Any Steps

Something that can really make life hard on the elderly is having to go up and down steps all the time. Even just a few steps can be risky for them and end up in them falling. 

To keep this from happening to your elderly loved ones, you’ll want to do whatever you can to get rid of any steps they have in their home. If they live in a multi-level home, this might require moving. For steps to get into the home, consider putting in a ramp. And if there are steps around the home like to get inside or to get into the bath or shower, look for ways that you can eliminate these steps to help keep your elderly loved one safer. 

Get New Door Handles

As many people age, they often have a harder time using their hands as they once did. Things like twisting a doorknob can be incredibly hard, especially for those with arthritis. So if the doorknobs in your loved one’s home require twisting, consider replacing them with lever door handles instead.

Even with arthritis and other issues with dexterity, most elderly people can still use a lever door handle to both open and close doors around their home. So if you haven’t helped them make this update yet, consider doing so. 

If you want to make sure that your elderly loved one is living in a home that’s safe for them, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn what renovations might be necessary where they live.

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