Senior citizens come in a variety of energy levels. Some are quite active and can get around well. Others have a hard time moving about and need their home to be senior friendly so they can still be independent yet safe. Here are tips to make a home easier to live in for a senior who has trouble moving about.
The bathroom is a major concern since that is where people wash and use water. Water can make surfaces slippery and a senior needs a safe place to wash. A walk in bathtub is designed for seniors in mind and it has been specially made so it is easy to get in and out of. This is an idea wash area for a senior but you could also get a seat that sits in the bathtub and a senior can sit and wash as the shower runs. Handles are needed on the walls of the bath area so the senior can safely get in and out of the tub.
If the senior is short they have no problem getting on and off of the toilet but if the senior is tall getting up may be a problem. You can get a raised toilet seat and put a handle on the wall next to the toilet so the senior can grab the handle and have a better time getting up.
The floors of a senior’s home should not have throw rugs or any movable rugs on it. It is easy for a senior to catch their toe on the edge of a rug and fall. Take out all throw rugs and leave the floor with a simple covering. The floor in the entire home should not be slippery. It should be easy to walk on with no crevices or bumps.
The kitchen may be a hard place for a senior as well. Get a stool for the senior to sit on or make the kitchen cabinets lower so the senior can sit and work.
Stair cases can be difficult for a senior to get up and down. A chair lift can be put into operation so the senior can sit and ride up and down.
Outside the home should be easy to access and if the senior is still driving a car it should be parked as close to the door as possible. The door into the home should be easy to open with good locks on it.