Aging in place is a popular option for seniors who do not need high or specialized levels of care. You may be in good health and still fully independent, or you may have an in-home carer or simply get some support from friends or family members for the needs that you do have. But even if you’re fully independent and mobile, some adaptations are likely to be required to keep you safe and make things easier around the house as you age.
If all of the entrances to your home require climbing steps, then you could face difficulties if your mobility declines in the future. At least one entrance should either be at ground level or have a ramp up to the doorway for better accessibility. Even if you do not need a wheelchair, walking up steps can become difficult if you have problems with your joints or other mobility issues.
Consider difficulties with stairs
If your home has more than one floor, then you may also need to plan around the stairs in case your mobility declines in the future. Installing a stairlift is one option. Or you could ensure that everything you need is accessible on the first floor. This may involve converting a downstairs room into a bedroom and ensuring there is a bathroom downstairs.
Choosing the right bed
Adjustable beds can help seniors look after their posture, get a better night’s sleep, and can be altogether more practical. These types of beds adjust at various points to create the best sleeping position for you, as well as sitting up for reading in bed, for example. Take a look at some options and the different features they have.
With declining eyesight and lower mobility, it can be more difficult to navigate your home in the dark, increasing the risk of trips and falls. Motion sensor night lights can light up your path if you get up in the night to use the bathroom, for example.
Reduce slip and trip risks
Falls pose a greater risk of serious injury in seniors due to reduced bone density. So, it’s important that you address any slip and trip risks in your home. Non-slip bathroom tiles are an important consideration, which could also be used in the kitchen, too. Consider removing rugs that could be tripped over, and you may even want to make the flooring more uniform throughout your house to prevent having to transition between different types and heights of flooring.
Bathroom safety and accessibility
As well as non-slip bathroom tiles, it’s also a good idea to place a rubber or stick-on mat on the floor of your bath or shower to prevent slips. Grab bars in the bath/shower and next to the toilet are also useful for supporting your mobility. And you might want to install a seat in the shower.
If you need advice about care and support in your senior years, or for a loved one, then contact Brookstone Terrace of Woodruff for advice and information about our assisted living and care services.