4 Home Hazards That Cause a Risk to Seniors
If you have a senior family member or friend, you may be concerned about the safety of their home. As we age, our needs change, and everyday home features can suddenly become a hazard. Luckily, there are steps you can take to create a safe living environment for the senior in your life. Here are a few areas of the home that could potentially be hazardous.
Lighting. Vision problems combined with poor lighting can create a dangerous living environment. This can be especially risky in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and stairways. Simply replacing bulbs with LED options or adding more lighting sources can help to alleviate the problem.
Bathrooms. The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for seniors. Slippery surfaces can easily cause falls, and the layout can at times be difficult to maneuver. The addition of stability equipment like handrails can improve the overall functionality of the bathroom. You may also want to consider installing a walk-in shower if there is only a shower/tub combination available.
Stairs. Stairs can pose a big problem to seniors. Not only can they trip and fall on them, but they can be difficult to walk up and down if joint problems exist. You may want to install a staircase chair lift so the senior can easily and effortlessly go up and down the stairs without the risk of a fall.
Flooring. When it comes to flooring, there are potential risks to almost every material. Hardwood floors and tile can be prone to getting slippery. High pile carpets can catch on canes and walkers, causing instability. You may want to consider a low pile carpet if you are planning to replace a senior’s flooring. It’s also beneficial if the flooring is consistent throughout the home to avoid uneven flooring heights and transitional pieces.
If you are thinking about renovating a senior’s house, our aging-in-place team will come take a look at the home and make suggestions to create a safer living environment. We will work with your budget and needs and help you make the needed adjustments to the home.