senior care accessibility blog post

Ways to Make Your Home More Accessible for an Elderly Loved One

Not much matters more than comfort when it comes to providing senior care for an elderly loved one. It can be a challenge to make your house as comfortable as possible if you care for your senior in your own home. While your house might be perfect for you and your family, it can potentially present obstacles for your seniors. But don’t worry! There are several home improvements you can implement around your home that can make it safer and more accessible, all for your senior’s comfort.

The Exterior

Starting outside the home, you can install a no-step entryway! This means there is no step(s) to enter the house from the sidewalk to the driveway to the front door. Entering and leaving becomes much easier for seniors who are in a wheelchair or who have difficulty with mobility.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is a space that should be comfy for your seniors, especially since a significant amount of time is spent there. Start by adding handles and grab bars in both the shower and the toilet. These can help keep your senior safe when they lower or raise themselves. Likewise, installing an elevated toilet is a great option making it easier for your senior to get up, and a roll-in shower is more effective to get in and out of safely. For showers with plenty of room, a chair can be added for seniors who have trouble standing.

The Bedroom

Another room in the house that should be kept comfortable is the bedroom, where plenty of time is spent. Be sure to leave extra room in the bedroom for easy maneuverability. In the closet, add shelving units that can be easily reached. Switch out the traditional flip switches for roller light switches instead – they are much easier to use for your senior!

The Kitchen

Your kitchen can be made more senior care-friendly with a few adjustments, including installing lower cooking surfaces and countertops of varying heights. Both of these improvements help ease back pain, especially for seniors who love to cook. You can also consider mounting microwaves at a reachable height.

If you would like further advice on how to make your home senior-safe, Home Care Assistance is standing by ready to help! Please give our experts a call today and schedule your consultation.