Living in a space that is safe and comfortable is a top priority for everyone, no matter their age. However, age does begin to matter more when your needs begin to change. Sometimes growing old means your body begins to slow down a bit.
You need a home that safely supports your everyday needs. Take a few moments to look over some helpful ways in which you can assure your family that you have a safe place to live, and look forward to a more comfortable road ahead.
Conduct a safety audit of the home
The first step you’ll need to take to start moving towards a safer living situation is to take a detailed audit of the current state of the house. You need to know what’s missing and what perks the place already has to know where improvements can be made.
Once you get a detailed and informed look at the various elements of the house that matter most, you can start making a plan for how you’re going to make changes around the place.
Consider a quality senior community
You may find that the home simply isn’t a fit place for an aging senior. The good news is that there are plenty of quality senior living communities that can offer a safe, secure, and welcoming place for you to live your life.
It may be a good time to talk to your family about your plans to reformat your life a bit. Look over the budget, and start making contact with local resources that can help you find the most suitable living situation for you.
Install grab bars in the bathrooms
If you are working on aging in place, the bathrooms of a home can be the most dangerous place for seniors with agility and mobility challenges. The simple fix of adding a few grab bars in strategic places throughout the bathroom will rectify the issue.
Feel safer after a nice hot shower, knowing that there’s always a place to stabilize yourself as you wash. Ask around the family to find a loved one willing to do the installation, so you don’t have to worry about who is in your house.
Upgrade the lighting around the home
Lighting is super important for safety around your home. Interior and exterior lighting should be made a priority. You need to know what’s going on inside and outside of your house, and you can’t do that without adequate lighting.
Inside, make sure your walkways and bathrooms have nighttime lighting. Outside of the home, corners of the house, walkways, driveways, porches, and garages should all be well lit.
Build a ramp if mobility issues are present
If it’s getting harder to get around, stairs are the enemy. Having a nice ramp out front will give you full access to your house and your yard without all the danger stairs can create.