AGING PARENTS - HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives Northern Arizona

 

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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Comments (2)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Such a savvy post...with more people able to live as long as possible, in their homes, these simple tips can be lifesavers.

May 08, 2012 04:32 AM
Cody Anne Yarnes
Realty Executives Northern Arizona - Prescott, AZ
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Thank you Sea.  Have a great week. 

May 16, 2012 06:11 AM