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Home adaptations for the elderly and safety are significant concerns whether your senior parents reside independently or if you are taking care of an older loved one at home.
Having written a book about life as a caregiver and being a caregiver herself, Eleanor Gaccetta is well-versed in home adaptations the elderly need. The house might not look like an especially dangerous place at first glance. But, there are numerous unrecognized concerns for seniors in and around the house.
Sloping thresholds, decorative rugs, or slick floors that can lead to slips and falls. Dim lighting and clutter may render it challenging for the elderly with mobility issues to navigate the home. These are all examples of the dangers we’re discussing, which will showcase the value of home adaptations to everybody.
Make the House A Home
The benefit of receiving care in your home is that you can stay surrounded by your belongings and memories. Keep family photos in visible locations so that your elderly patient and loved one have something they can remember from the past.
Apply Elderly Household Adaptations in the Bedroom
Frailty, incontinence, and midnight awakenings all require modifications to the bedroom.
• Standing Up – One of the most valuable home adaptations you can add to the bedroom is a profile bed. It helps raise and lower the elderly in and out of bed. Profile beds also aid in the process of getting up.
• Lighting – Installing automatic illumination eliminates the need for a challenging nighttime awakening stroll that might raise the likelihood of a fall. There are many options for night lights from automatic motion sensors which turn on lights to LED night lights which plug into an outlet.
• Toileting – Waterproof or rubber sheets and mattresses should be installed in the bed, and you should always have a bedpan available.
Apply Elderly Household Adaptations in the Kitchen
As you age, eating and cooking can become more challenging, but modifications can be made to simplify things.
• Trouble Eating – A caregiver may be required to assist with feeding if someone has difficulty eating. Wide-handled cutlery, high-rimmed plates, and two-handled glasses all make things a little easier, even with this assistance. Additionally, choose plastic plates and utensils for added safety.
It’s one of the home adaptations for the elderly that is helpful. Eleanor Gaccetta discusses how the elderly remarkably lose their appetite in her book about life as a caregiver. Instruments like this make adapting homes to seniors’ changing needs easier.
• Moving Meals – Why not purchase a cart if you’re eating in a living room or dining room to make moving hot food safer? It’s a pretty reasonable investment, considering how much caregivers will probably need to move the elderly’s food from one place to another.
• Trouble Cooking – Cooking may grow riskier as people age and become more brittle. But in the beginning, extendable grab handles for appliances, and height-adjustable cabinets will all be very helpful. Invest in these utensils to make your elderly loved one’s life easier. At some point there is a danger using a hot stove, so that is a decision families must make for safety.
• Trying to Remain Comfortable – Acquiring a perching stool, chair, or other comfortable seating simplifies things since most of the time in the cooking area is spent standing up. Elderly people have a hard time standing up for an extended period of time, so a chair will help them rest in the kitchen for a bit.
Open Your Home to Some Outdoor Space
Expand some areas of the house so you can turn what’s inside to the outside. If you have access to an outdoor space, make use of it. Especially if going out and about is becoming more difficult, finding a peaceful spot to relax outside, surrounded by trees and wildlife, may be beneficial for wellbeing. There are devices which can make moving from inside to outside easier and less risky.
Make Some Home Adaptations for the Elderly and Give Excellent Care
Our elderly loved ones deserve all the love that they can. We can do this by applying some household adaptations that cater to their needs. Not only are we making sure that their living is improved, but we’re also ensuring they’re 100% safe most of the time.
If you wish to know more about hospice care from a caregiver’s perspective, grab a copy of Eleanor Gaccetta’s book about life as a caregiver titled One Caregiver’s Journey. Visit her website ( www.onecaregiversjourney.com) to buy one today.
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