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How to Modify the Home When Your Elderly Loved One Moves In

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Moving an elderly parent into your home is an excellent way to address his or her care needs. However, the typical modern home can be a difficult place for seniors to navigate. You may need to modify your house into a safer and more convenient environment. If your loved one is moving in, consider making the following changes to the home. 

Install Ramps on Uneven Surfaces 

Even in homes without stairs, there may be areas where one room is slightly taller or shorter than another. Uneven thresholds can be a major tripping hazard. Fortunately, it’s easy to install a threshold ramp that evens out the difference in height and makes it possible to use a wheelchair between rooms.

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Add Motion Sensors on Lights 

Seniors often have reduced eyesight and mobility issues, which puts them at risk for accidents when they try to find a light switch in a dim room. You can prevent falls and injuries by installing motion sensors that automatically brighten a room when your loved one enters. 

Make the Bathroom Safer 

A simple add-on like a raised seat can make it easier for your loved one to sit down and stand up from the toilet. You can place grab bars near the toilet and shower to help your loved one navigate these slippery areas. If your loved one has severe mobility issues, consider installing a walk-in shower or tub with a seat at a safe height. 

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Install Locks on Unsafe Areas 

If your loved one has a memory-related condition, you may need to install extra locks for his or her safety. Make sure you have at least a few locked cabinets to store cleaning chemicals, knives, and other dangerous items. It’s also a good idea to place locks on doors that lead to dark basement stairs, pools, or other unsafe areas. You can also keep your loved one from wandering outdoors by placing a lock at the top of a door. 

Adjust Kitchen Cabinet and Sink Height 

If your loved one enjoys cooking, a few quick renovations can make meal prep easier. Consider lowering the height of the counter and sink so your loved one can access them while seated. Adjusting the counter height can make it easier to wash dishes or prepare food.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Henderson Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging loved one, give us a call at (702) 527-7723 today.

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