6 Tips To Build A Safe Home For Older Adults

IT’S easy to convert your home into a more comfortable and accessible place by using some simple interior design tricks. These tips are beneficial for people of all ages, in particular older adults who require extra care.

Tip 1: Non-slip flooring

Install slip-resistant flooring, especially at wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. Make sure the flooring material is compatible with mobility aids such as the wheelchair and walkers. Avoid using cold stone materials that are uncomfortable when walking barefoot.

Tip 2: Safe stairway

For homes with stairs, install handrails on both sides of the staircase to provide support and ensure stability. Also, carpet the stairs with non-skid step pads for extra traction and grip.

Don’t forget the lighting. The stairway should be lit from top to bottom to clearly show the steps and the edges.

Tip 3: Lever handles

Replace round knobs with lever handles. For those suffering from arthritis or chronic pain, twisting the wrist to turn a round knob may be difficult. Lever handles are easier to grasp.

Tip 4: Wider door and lower switches

Wall-mounted light switches and controls should be set no higher than 54 inches from the floor to ensure easy reach for seniors in wheelchairs. Install a wider door with a width of at least 32 inches to accommodate a wheelchair.

Tip 5: Zero-threshold floor

Remove the step threshold at the entryway. An even floor plan could prevent tripping and will allow smooth movement for wheelchairs and walkers.

Tip 6: Bathroom adaption

Besides the zero-threshold design and non-slip tile, you could add grab bars at the walls near the bath and toilet. The bars provide support and helps the elderly move confidently.

At the bath area, a built-in shower bench will make it easier when taking a shower. A walk-in bathtub is a safer choice because the user can easily step into the tub instead of climbing over the edge.

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