Adjusting a Home for Seniors

Adjusting a Home for Seniors

As we age, often home modifications are needed. This is true if you are an older adult committed to staying in your own home. Adjustment tips can also be helpful for loved ones who are helping a senior live the best life they are able to for as long as possible. 

When adjusting a home for seniors, it is helpful to think of specific areas of your home, from bathrooms to kitchens. Each area has its own issues and decisions will have to be made depending on individual circumstances. If an individual uses a wheelchair or has issues climbing steps, for example, there will need to be specific adjustments to the home for that senior. Kendall Van Blarcom makes house calls and can talk you through what changes might be necessary.

Brighten Up the Lights

Lighting is esthetic, it can set a tone and mood for each room of the home. But looks aren’t everything. Lights have a pragmatic purpose, too. They allow us to see. Making sure there is proper lighting in a home can help to reduce accidents. Some lighting needs are easy to spot. Where some reads needs light. But be sure to look over stairways, hallways, and kitchens, too.

There are options, including natural light sources—windows and skylights—and electrical sources, from ceiling lights and lamps to motion-activated lighting. If there is an outdoor area, lighting outside can be useful as well.

Private Spaces

While it is common for individuals to keep their bedrooms and bathrooms private, it is important to take a look. Inspect these spaces to insure they are pleasant and safe. Likely, as time goes on, modifications will be needed to help with safety issues.

In the bathroom, many find it helpful to install a walk-in shower with a spot to sit, to reduce falls. Other changes older adults can find helpful is elevating the toilet seat and installing bars on the wall for extra balance, when needed.

In the bedroom, look for any trip hazards from area rugs and be sure there is enough room around furniture to travel around the room safety.

Adjusting a Home for the Needs of a Senior Cook

Cooking is an entertaining and relaxing activity for those who love to spend time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the act of cooking can become limiting. If you have trouble bending over or are unable to reach the top shelves as you were able to do in the past, you may find yourself cooking less. 

Accommodations include adjusting the heights of countertops, cooking surfaces, and sinks. Adding a wall oven or a microwave at a height that is easy to access, and rearranging storage space so it is accessible and convenient.

All of these modifications can, in some cases, allow a senior to enjoy their home longer. While you have a handyman on site, there may be other adjustments that will make a senior home more pleasurable as well, from installing artwork to touching up paint.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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