Daily Archives: May 12, 2016

A Senior Friendly Home

If you have your parents or any elderly people living with you, or you are a senior person yourself, you have to make your home more senior friendly to avoid accidents.

Outdoors – If the senior person is a nature lover, which most of them are, make sure to get a landscape designer in Melbourne to design your outdoors? It is not a waste investing in professional help with the gardens, as outdoors with a lot of oxygen is the best place for the elders to be in. 

Clearly communicate your requirements to the landscape designer and make sure they avoid steps and higher elevations in their design. Avoid step thresholds both inside and outside the house. Set aside a quiet reading place for them outside the house. If they are gardening enthusiast, raise their flower/vegetable beds. Go to this site if you are looking for right gardening maintenance services.

Bathrooms – This is a room where senior citizens spend a lot of time in. Light up the bathroom. Elevate the toilets and install a grab bar next to it and the showers. Make sure the sinks are at a reachable height with no barrier or danger to the knees. Fix a hand held shower. Have non-skid rugs in place to prevent falls.

Bedroom – Make the bed comfortably low, attach a railing if the risk of falling off the bed is high. Keep it clear and with a lot of space. Fix a walk in closet that has shelves at a reachable height. Make sure the switches to the lights, the fan, and air conditioner are at reachable heights and are easy to switch on. Make way for a lot of natural sunlight.

Kitchen – Have at least a small space of lowered work top for them, with knee clearance. Lower the sinks in the kitchen too. Make sure everything they need are within their reach, not on the shelves that need a ladder. Completely eradicate the need for step stools. Install a dishwasher that too is at a comfortable height. Have a top loading washing machine for them so that they don’t have to bend over to load clothes. Change the handle of all drawers and cupboards to D-shaped ones.

Ensure all stairs have suitable hand rails. Avoid clutter. Keep the floor off things that they could trip on and fall. Light up the hallways with motion sensor lights outside. Always make sure they are equipped with a mobile phone or a device that would let them contact others immediately. Keep double checking the fire alarms and the carbon dioxide detectors are functioning properly. Discard throw rugs, and keep pathways free of wires and other things that would increases the risk of falls.