You may have grown up in a house and think there can’t be too many things wrong with this place you love, right? That’s not entirely true. Just like our bodies, our houses need care and maintenance to be considered safe, especially if aging parents still live in that house.
Maybe your parents have moved and you’ve only visited their house on a number of occasions? Do you know if it’s safe? Hear are a few items to check to see if your aging parent’s house is a secure environment.
Create A Safe Environment:
- Do they have zero threshold entries? If they need a walker or a wheel chair, this is a must.
- Get rid of throw rugs. They are a huge tripping hazard and not necessary.
- Put the laundry room on the first floor if possible.
- Install a stair climber for easy access to the second floor.
- Install hall railings if necessary.
- Remove small furniture (think low to the floor end tables) and electric cords to prevent tripping.
- Switch their recliner for a recliner that raises and lowers.
- Make sure the bathroom is safe with handrails in the tub as well as by the toilet.
- Speaking of toilet, install a raised toilet seat.
- Put no-slip strips in the tub to refrain from slipping.
- If they can’t stand in the shower and get dizzy, make sure to have a shower seat so they can sit safely while showering.
- Be well lit! Go through the house and make sure there is enough lighting throughout the house.
- Make sure a fire extinguisher is available for easy access.
If possible, check in frequently or have a neighbor or friend check on your loved one for you. Impromptu visits are often times very welcome and encouraged to break up their day. A kind smile and encouraging word is often all it takes to make someone’s day.
If you are worried about not being able to check in at any given moment, then see about installing motion cameras or videos with access from your computer or smart phone. Please make sure you have permission before any installation.
Another good idea is to have emergency numbers installed on your phone as well as your loved one’s phone in case of an accident.
Be prepared. Walk through your loved one’s house and check if anything is out of the ordinary or out of place. If you think something has a potential to be a tripping hazard or will hinder everyday activity, then remove it or move it to a safe location. Help make your parents’ lives easier by modifying or creating a safe home environment at this stage of their lives.
For more information, please contact our team at Cherished Transitions.