Making Adjustments to Senior Homes: Building Quality of Life

By Catsup and Mustard
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Making adjustments to seniors’ homes is a way to help them live comfortably and age in place. These alterations can be as simple as making sure the home has enough light or making it easier for a senior to move around independently.

However, there are cases when seniors cannot make the necessary changes to their homes on their own and need assistance from family, friends, or professionals. Some seniors might also need in-home care for Alzheimer’s or dementia. This way, they can continue to live in their homes and have the support they need.

Helping Seniors Live Comfortably

In making adjustments, a team of professionals can work with seniors on home maintenance. They can make sure that everything is safe and accessible for them. In these cases, making small adjustments to a seniors’ home can make all the difference in their quality of life.

Seniors need all the help they can get to live comfortably in their homes. Often, making small changes can make a big difference. With the right support, they can continue to live independently and enjoy life to the fullest.

Families, friends, and professionals can work together to ensure that everything is safe and accessible for seniors. After all, seniors’ well-being is what really matters.

There are plenty of reasons why making small changes to a seniors’ home can make all the difference in their quality of life, including making them feel comfortable and helping them avoid accidents. When seniors live comfortably and independently, they can make the most of their time and make new memories.

Below are examples of the changes that can be made to seniors’ homes to help them live comfortably:

  • Installing grab bars

Installing grab bars in bathrooms and hallways can help seniors maintain balance when using the toilet or walking around the house. This is because grab bars are securely attached to the wall and provide support for seniors who need help with balance.

It is common for seniors to experience difficulty bending over, making it difficult to reach the floor while using the toilet. Installing a grab bar in bathrooms can help seniors sit or stand up from sitting on toilets more easily and safely without needing assistance from family members.

  • Removing clutter

Seniors’ homes do not necessarily have to be spotless. They need to be free of clutter so that seniors can move around more easily. Remove unnecessary furniture, knick-knacks, ornaments, and other items from hallways and rooms to create a less cluttered living space. This will help keep seniors’ homes safer for them.

  • Creating a low-maintenance home

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One way to create a less cluttered environment is by adjusting the layout of seniors’ homes. For example, removing carpets reduces cleaning time because they do not need regular vacuuming. Seniors’ homes should be easy to maintain so that seniors will not have to worry about making sure that their home is clean and orderly.

  • Making spaces easier to navigate

A more practical way to make a space easier to navigate for seniors is removing or lowering things such as light fixtures, wall-mounted mirrors, towel racks, and other accessories from the bathroom. This makes it easier for them when they need to take a shower so that they do not have trouble using these fixtures.

  • Give seniors a place where they can feel relaxed and safe

Many seniors appreciate a garden or patio where they can spend time outdoors. If their homes don’t have the space for this, consider adding some potted plants instead. These additions will help brighten up the home and provide a bit of nature indoors.

  • Adding a ramp or stairlift

If a senior’s home has stairs, adding a ramp can make it easier to get in and out of the home. If there are no stairs, adding a stairlift can give the senior access to all parts of their home.

A ramp or stairlift is important for seniors who have trouble getting around. Seniors using wheelchairs or walkers will find these additions helpful in getting around their homes.

  • Making a room accessible for wheelchairs

If a senior needs to use a wheelchair, making sure they have access to their entire home is vital. It will be difficult if the only place where the person can go in and out of their house is through one door. If this describes your loved one’s home, then you need to make some adjustments. Installing a ramp or widening a door are two common ways to make a home wheelchair-accessible.

Making Seniors’ Homes Safer and More Accessible

Seniors need all the help they can get to maintain their independence. Making a few adjustments to their homes can make all the difference. If you have a loved one who is having difficulty getting around, be sure to talk with them about making their home more accessible. It will help keep them safe and comfortable for years to come.

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