We need to make changes in our homes as we age to make them safe and comfortable. Whether you are getting old or hosting your parents in your house, there are numerous updates you can make to improve comfort and security.
Limited mobility is a common issue as people age. Additionally, it is essential to embrace home safety tactics that promote independence. Here are upgrades to make in your home as you age.
If you have limited mobility and often drag your feet when walking, it is prudent to replace slick surfaces, such as tile or hardwood. These types of floorings become a hazard as you age. Avoid slips, trips, and falls by replacing high pile carpet with low pile, and consider the slip rating of tile, hardwood, and prioritize laminating flooring to improve safety in high traffic areas.
Improve Safety in Stairs
As we age, climbing slick stairs is not safe. Consider adding an extra grip on your existing stairs to prevent stairs related falls. Non-slip tread mats will reduce friction on all types of stairs, while a grip tape will reduce friction on non-carpeted stairs.
If you are experiencing difficulties with climbing stairs, you might consider getting a stair assist chair.
Change to a Walk-in Tub
Another primary safety option is tub to shower conversion. This will improve the safety and convenience you need to bathe on your own. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recommends a senior’s bathroom to have a non-slip floor and a safety grab bar.
If you have a strong taste for luxury, you can install a dual massage walk-in tub. The tub is ADA compliant and has eighteen massaging jets to assist in soothing aching muscles.
Install a Shower Bench
A shower bench will increase stability and eliminate the need for assistance when showering. These benches are designed to stand on their own inside the bathroom. Besides, you can add a transfer bench to help you enter and exit the shower safely.
Install Handrails and Grab Bars
One of the most effective ways to boost your safety is to install handrails and grab bars. Bathrooms, staircases, bedrooms, and hallways can benefit from these safety bars to elevate your safety and stability as you navigate your home. According to experts, the ADA compliant handrails and grab bars can withstand up to 500 pounds of pressure. Grab bars offer additional stability near the toilet, shower, bath, or any other place in your home.
Aging can often affect stability. Because of this, it is imperative that you make some adjustments in your home for safety. Consider some of the simple solutions above to ensure your health and safety.