10 Home Improvements That May Help Your Parents Age In Place
The home is often a symbol of comfort and freedom for older adults, but as people age, hazards around the house can lead to accidental injury and even death.
- Widen doorways to 32-36 inches and hallways to 36-42 inches to improve accessibility for parents using mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs.
- Decorate with contrasting colors and finishes to help improve depth perception for seniors with poor vision.
- Replace a standard toilet with a taller model that's 16-18 inches in height.
- Reinforce the walls around the tub, shower and toilet and install grab bars that can handle a person's weight.
- Install a large walk-in tub or a shower with little to no curb that can be accessed with a mobility aid. Bench seating, a hand-held showerhead and non-slip flooring are other improvements to make in the tub and/or shower.
- Create no-step entries and seamless thresholds between rooms to reduce the risk of tripping and to make maneuvering with a mobility aid easier.
- Outfit doors and faucets with lever-style handles, which are easier to operate with arthritic or weak hands.
- Replace standard light switches with easier-to-operate rocker-style switches installed 36-40 inches from the floor.
- Raise appliances off the floor to reduce the need to bend over when unloading the dishwasher or switching the laundry.
These helpful hints will put a smile on their face! Provided from an article by State Farm Insurance .
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