Adapting Your Home for Your Elderly or Disabled Loved One

is an issue that people with disabilities must face every day. You may have a loved one who is aging, and you would like to make accessibility adjustments to your home. Such changes are good, whether your loved one has a disability or is beginning to find simple, everyday activities tiresome and challenging. These suggestions might help you make your house a more comfortable space for your loved one.

Build Ramps or Install a Lift

It may be easy to make your loved one’s bedroom easier for them to navigate, even with the challenges they have with mobility, but you should also consider how they can enter and leave the bedroom with ease and safety. If possible, give them a ground floor bedroom. If all your bedrooms are upstairs, however, consider building ramps for wheelchairs. These are less costly and do not need maintenance, but they are good only if the incline is low. For a higher floor, consider building a lift. You may also build a ramp or install a lift for a garage that’s a few steps lower than the door to the house.

Replace Doorknobs

A doorknob may not be hard to turn for a completely healthy person, but it may be painful for arthritic hands or hard for weak grips. Instead of the conventional round doorknobs, consider installing levers that don’t take a lot of force to open.

Get a Walk-In Bathtub

Heavenly Walk-In Tubs  reminds us that a walk-in, portable bathtub is ideal for older people, especially those who have trouble with walking and climbing. You can position the tub in an ideal place so your loved one doesn’t have to navigate much to get to it. A walk-in bathtub is also less risky, as your loved one doesn’t have to climb over the side just to get in the tub. They simply have to open the tub door.

Light up Every Area

Any area where your loved one goes must be properly lighted, as darkness is not exactly an elderly person’s friend. It can cause trip-and-slip accidents. High quality LED lights offer better lighting that’s kind to the eyes. As for the light switches, adjust them to a comfortable height for your loved one. In some areas, such as the garage or the hallway, think about installing motion-detecting lights so that your elderly loved-one doesn’t have to fumble in search of the switch.

There are other, simple considerations, such as putting a small, waist-high table by the front door, if your loved one comes and goes on their own. They can place what’s in their pocket on the table while looking for the house keys. This takes care of the problem of dropping something and having to stoop to find it, which can be hard for old people, especially if they are arthritic.

Adapting your house to an elderly or disabled loved one may not be cheap, but it’s all worth it if you consider the comfort, convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

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