Tips for Modifying the Home before Your Aging Parent 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 a senior to navigate. You may need to modify your house to make it a safer and more convenient environment. If your loved one is moving in, consider making the following changes to your home.

Install Ramps on Uneven Surfaces 

Even in homes without stairs, there may be areas where one room is slightly higher or lower 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 maneuver 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 light switches in dim rooms. 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 in 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 products, 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 the door.

Adjust Kitchen Cabinet & 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 and prepare food. 

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