Every day, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65. The
need to make a home senior-friendly is becoming increasingly important as life
expectancy rises along with the higher rates of retirement.
With "aging in place" the new and desired way to
spend your senior years, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure
your home remains a safe environment as you age.
Converting your home to be senior-friendly doesn’t have to
break the budget. You can make simple changes around your home to lower the
chance of an accidental fall. Many of these modifications are relatively cheap
and easy. Here are some senior-friendly changes that can be made in and around
grab bars in the bathroom: According to the National Institute of Aging,
80% of falls occur in the bathroom. Install grab bars in the shower to make
entering and exiting easier. With the potential for slippery floors, finicky
shower heads, and leaky faucets, installing grab bars will greatly reduce the
chance of a fall. You can also add grab bars next to the toilet for comfort and
extra peace of mind.
cords out of the walkway: Since the advent of technology we have had wires
running haphazardly throughout the house. Keeping wires out of walkways will
greatly reduce your chance of a trip or fall. Grommets, wire ties, and tacks
can help you pin down any messy wires. And organizing your wires won’t break
the bank either—grommets, wire ties, and tacks won’t cost you more than a few
- Clean up
any water spills in the bathroom or kitchen: The bathroom and kitchen can
be fraught with hard-to-see puddles that can lead to a tragic slip. A few
minutes to clean the kitchen or bathroom each day will save you the potential
of a life-changing fall.
- Set up a
nightstand with all your essentials:
Keeping all your items in one central place will reduce the chance of
losing something and walking all over your house to find it. Make sure to keep
a medical alert system
handy on your nightstand. Having quick access to help in case of the
unthinkable is the ultimate senior-safe addition to your home.
cautious when maneuvering through the house with a pet: Owning pets, though
they’re our loved companions, pose risks and challenges. Take a mobile
medical alert with you on your next walk with your dog, just in case your
dog becomes unruly. Be careful of slippery spills around your pet’s food and water
bowls. Consider installing a dog gate to limit your pet to only certain rooms
in the house.
In addition to making the above changes in and around the
home, choosing a medical
alert device is a great way to maintain your independence and safety while
aging in place. The infographic below visualizes the different ways you can
make your home senior-friendly.
You deserve to live in a safe haven, not a danger zone. Take
use of these simple steps so you can age in place gracefully in a senior-safe
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