Home Modifications for Senior Safety


Posted by: Andrea Fanz on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Use this home modification checklist to keep your loved one safe while they age in place. Hidden hazards in the home can make seniors’ lives more challenging and put them at greater risk of injury. Inexpensive home modifications can make a difference.

Making home improvements can increase senior safety and comfort. Fortunately, many modifications can be made inexpensively. As a result, seniors will be better equipped for aging in place.

Whole Home

  • Install pull or lever handles instead of door knobs
  • Add glow in the dark lighting strips along floor and next to important switches
  • Rearrange furniture to create clear pathways without clutter

Main Living Spaces

  • Add more lamps behind and around furniture
  • Remove curtains and replace with blinds to let natural lighting in
  • Adhere cords and wires to walls out of the way

Hallways

  • Add lighting and light switches if hallways are dark (nightlights are a great choice)
  • Install low rails for support along the walls
  • Remove loose rugs and other tripping hazards

Kitchen

  • Move heavy and often-used items to easy-to-reach spaces
  • Add lighting wherever possible
  • Choose a table to use for prep space instead of standing by tall countertops

Bathrooms

  • Install grab bars in and around the shower and toilet
  • Add easy-access, waist-height shelving for storage
  • Place non-slip pads on tub floors and surfaces that often get wet

Bedrooms

  • Place additional, easy-to-use lights on each side of the bed
  • Install a bed rail for support getting into and out of bed

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