How Can You Prepare Your Home So That It’s Equipped for an Elderly Relative to Move In?

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Whether it’s due to a medical issue or simply old age, most people reach a point in their lives where they must rely on others to help them live a comfortable life. When an aging relative moves in with you it can be stressful for both parties. Here are some features you can add to your home to make the transition as smooth as possible!


Mobility Friendly Automatic Sliding Doors


Automatic sliding doors are a great option if someone in your home has mobility issues or cannot physically open and close their sliding glass doors. EVO Products’ Mobility Kit allows you to control your sliding doors with the push of a button. The push button key fob has four different modes: Unsecured, Secure, Stay Open/Toggle and Pet Mode. You can open your automatic sliding door from up to fifty feet away. There are also wall-mount push buttons available and hand wave sensors that allow you to open the door with just a simple flick of the wrist. Consider adding an automatic sliding door system to your home to allow your elderly relatives to go in and out of your home as safely and easily as possible.


Install a Stairlift


Many seniors have mobility issues and even a minor fall could lead to serious injury and loss of independence. Installing a stairlift can help prevent accidents so you do not have to worry about your elderly relative trying to climb up and down the stairs. Stairlifts can be installed both indoors and outdoors, to allow users to move from floor to floor safely and comfortably. This will provide your elderly relative with a sense of independence and confidence allowing them to move freely without having to depend on anyone. They can be installed quickly and easily on any staircase and can relieve stress for caregivers.


Purchase an Emergency Alarm


Emergency response alarms offer a fast and easy way for elderly people with health issues to get help during an emergency, whether it be a medical issue, a fall, a fire, or any issue that requires an immediate response. The emergency alarm device has a help button that immediately dials an emergency response center and connects them to a responder. This system can relieve stress from caregivers, because they know that in case of an emergency their loved one can alert emergency services and will be taken care of even if they are not right by their side.


Install Grab Rails in Bathrooms


Installing grab rails in the bathrooms for your home can give your elderly relative the confidence and stability to bathe every day, reducing the chance of worsening health issues and infections. They can be very helpful for elderly relatives when balance and strength are an issue. Grab rails can be installed near the toilet, the sink and in the tub or shower area to help alleviate safety concerns in the bathroom. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and can be bought from any hardware store.

These four tools can help relieve stress when planning for your elderly relative to move in!