How to Make Your Home Safe for Aging Adults

Boston Home care In a lot of ways, our homes grow and change just like our families do. We make adjustments for new babies, puppies, and even our aging loved ones. And, when the health and safety of your family member – or even yourself – is at play, there’s a lot to consider, and it can all feel like too much! We’ve gathered a few high-priority ways you can make your home safe for aging adults.

  1. Secure Pets

As much as we love our furry family, they can pose risks for older adults. Exuberant dogs can jump up, run underfoot, and easily be a tripping hazard. We recommend securing pets to an area of the home that makes sense for the safety of the older adult in your home. Somewhere where they can still be loved and adored but also contained.

older woman and her pet dog

  1. Non-Slip Surfaces

Older adults are at a higher risk for falls and those falls can be much more dangerous than they would be to a younger person. Make sure all flooring is non-slip and that any throw rugs are tightly secured with very little lip or nap to trip over. Outdoor areas like decks, porches, and patios should be waterproofed to prevent slipping on wet or icy surfaces.

  1. Simplify Steps

As we get older and our mobility Boston Home care decreases steps and stairs not only become more difficult to climb, they become more dangerous too. Take a look at any stairs and steps in the home. Determine if they need to be replaced with a ramp or could benefit from a handrail or chair lift. Keep in mind how they may change in different weather conditions. Are they prone to icing over in colder months? Make sure all steps that remain are stable, sturdy, and have nothing in the way like clutter or decorations.

  1. Smooth Transitions

Though not as obvious as some other areas of your home, inspect transitions from room to room. You’ll want to make sure doorways are wide enough to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, aren’t cluttered with additional décor, and, if there’s a change in flooring, that it isn’t going to trip anyone up. One useful trick is to set down a strip of bright orange tape at the threshold of each room to clearly identify where changes may occur.

  1. Bathroom Upgrades

Bathrooms are easily the slipperiest room in your house. Make sure tubs and showers have enough purchase to prevent your loved ones from slipping. It’s also a good idea to consider how far older adults have to bend or squat. Consider a walk-in tub or more specialized toilet and bath seats. You must also ensure your senior isn’t reaching to far for any products or grooming tools, so consider storing everything easily within reach. If you want the bathroom to be truly luxurious consider floor warmers!

accessible shower tub

  1. Declutter

One of the simplest things you can do to improve the overall cleanliness, Boston Home care safety, and manageability of your home is declutter. Not only does excess stuff pose a tripping and fire hazard, it necessitates more housework, which can be dangerous for seniors and add to the stress of caretakers. Plus, the older we get, the harder it is to deal with a life’s worth of memories. Need some more ideas for keeping your home clean, safe, and tidy for older adults? Check out more tips here.

  1. A Room with a View

When choosing or setting up a new bedroom for an aging adult, make sure to give windows careful considerations. Natural sunshine can help your loved ones get some much-needed Vitamin D and, with limited mobility, they will appreciate being able to see more of the world.

  1. Upgrade Your Lighting

Bright lighting can go a long way in improving the health and happiness of an older adult at home. Great lighting will illuminate much more of the room, and older eyes will appreciate not having to strain. Plus, hazards can be easily identified. Moreover, lighting that is bright and warm can improve mood and help prevent anxiety, depression, and confusion.

No matter how safe you make your home, accidents can still happen. Part of your home upgrades should also include setting up emergency procedures or alert systems. If you or your loved one are living alone, make sure you know who to call and how to get in touch with them. It’s also important to think about what support you will need as your loved ones continue to age. At Foundational Home Care, we understand how important it is to be able to age comfortably at home. But we also understand the care needs that come with that. Schedule an in-home consultation to see how we can support your family and make your home a safe place for the aging adult in your life.

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