How to Make Your Home More Senior Friendly

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Whether you have an elderly relative moving in with you or you are an older adult yourself who would like to adapt your home to your changing needs, there are several simple and safe ways that you can make your home more senior friendly. 


We have seven ideas that could make great additions to your home that are guaranteed to make it more senior friendly. 


1) Add More Lighting 

As you age, your eyesight deteriorates. Therefore, if you have an older person moving into your home, you need to increase the amount of lighting both inside and outside your property. You may also want to invest in motion sensors so that your chosen lighting comes on as you approach the entrance to your home, offering enhanced safety and convenience. 


In terms of inside your home, consider switching to higher watt bulbs and add task lighting to the kitchen.


2) Adhere Grab Rails to the Bathroom 

Everyday tasks such as getting up and down from the toilet seat and getting in and out of the bath can be a challenge for older people, as well as pose a risk of slips and falls. Prevent this from happening and give your elderly relative enhanced independence by adding grab rails or bars to key areas in the bathroom and in fact, around your whole home. 


3) Invest in Sliding Doors

If accessibility is an issue for your relative or for yourself, it can be a good idea to look into installing an automatic sliding door. Offering convenience and safety, not to mention style, these doors are designed with motion-detecting sensors that automatically open and close when someone walks by. 


4) Fix Any Tripping Hazards

Before an elderly relative moves into your home, it is imperative that you identify any potential tripping hazards or safety issues that could lead to a fall. This includes uneven surfaces, broken tiles, area rugs, and exposed roots or holes in your backyard. 


It is also a good idea to know which medical conditions can increase the risk of slips and falls, such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease. 


5) Consider a Stairlift

If your relative has mobility issues, you might want to think about adding a stairlift or platform lift in your home so that they can safely access the upper and lower levels of your property. This can be a particularly good idea if you are away from your home at work for long periods of the day and you are concerned about how your elderly relative will manage the stairs on their own. 


6) Widen Doorways 

For those who rely on walkers, wheelchairs, or mobility scooters to get around, you may need to look into widening your doorways and potentially even your hallways to accommodate these larger pieces of equipment. 


7) Clear Any Clutter

You should store away any unnecessary furniture and home dĂ©cor items such as rugs or stools that could pose a risk to seniors. As a general rule, you should try to keep pathways clear and make sure that the main rooms in your home offer plenty of space to move around in without risk of bumping into objects or falling over them.