Simple Modifications for a Senior's Home

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Home Modifications for Seniors

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on December 19, 2014

As a premier provider of home care in Scottsdale, AZ, we know how important it is for many seniors to remain in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible. If your elderly loved one wishes to maintain their independence and mobility in their home, there are a few modifications that can be made to protect their safety. They should feel confident navigating the property and have the right resources available for physical support.

Adjustable Showerheads
Many seniors prefer to sit as they shower for extra support that allows them to remain safe as they bathe. Install adjustable showerheads for easy access to the water and to prevent them from having to stand up multiple times. A shower stool or chair should also be provided with nearby grab bars that can help them to sit and stand. An additional grab bar can also be installed next to toilets in all the bathrooms.

Ramps for Wheelchairs or Walkers
If your loved one uses a wheelchair or walker regularly, ramps are a crucial item to install at various points of entry to ensure he or she can easily maintain their mobility. Similarly, some doors may need to be widened to accommodate wider wheelchairs that may not fit through typical door frames.

Easy-to-Access Bathroom
Seniors who want to maintain their independence often have needs that are continuously changing as they age. It’s important to make sure your senior loved one has easy access to a bathroom, which will prevent frequent use of the stairs or passing other hazardous objects that could increase the risk of a fall. If your loved one lives with you, make sure the bathroom is attached or directly next to their room. If they live in a two-story house, there should be an easily accessible bathroom on each floor.

In addition to making a few minor home modifications, you can help your loved one remain in the comfort of their own home by hiring a live-in or hourly caregiver in Scottsdale to assist with your loved one’s daily activities. Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale provides every caregiver with thorough training, conducts extensive background checks, and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call a friendly Care Manager at (480) 448-6215 to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.