When your senior doesn’t want to move and the budget doesn’t allow you to completely redo her home, you have to look for home improvements that make a big difference quickly.
These ideas can do just that.
Handrails are inexpensive and you can install them anywhere that you can find the wall space. Make sure that if you’re installing them yourself that you do so with the proper anchors or that you install them directly into wall studs. Put handrails in the bathroom, in long hallways, and anywhere else your senior might have difficulty. Talk to your senior about where she’d like to have a handrail. Her answer might be one you didn’t think of and might turn out to be an essential spot.
Swapping Traditional Versions for Walk-in Tubs
Traditional styles of tubs and even shower stalls involve forcing your senior to raise her leg up and over an obstacle. While that might be fine when she’s a little younger and has better balance, it can be a big problem once her balance becomes more of an issue. Walk-in tubs and showers are a lot easier for her to access and can significantly decrease the likelihood of her falling. They’ve become a lot more affordable, too, which can make the idea even more appealing.
Improving Lighting Everywhere
Better lighting is always a solid answer for your aging family member. As her eyesight changes, she might find that brighter lights help her to continue to be able to see. Take a look at where existing lighting fixtures and lamps are located. Where possible, swap out lower wattage bulbs for brighter ones, including LED bulbs. If the fixtures can’t support brighter lighting, swap them out for newer ones that can handle the newer types of brighter bulbs.
Installing a Stair Lift
Installing a stair lift is a little bit more of an investment, but it’s one that can be worth it. Stairs can be extremely dangerous for someone who has balance issues, even if there’s a sturdy handrail in place. If your senior has had some close calls or even avoids her stairs because she’s afraid of them, a stair lift can be the answer you want. Stair lifts also help your elderly family member to conserve some of her energy to devote to other tasks and activities.
Home improvements can be life-changing for your aging adult. It’s also important that she has the support of people she and you can trust when she needs help. Home care services providers are there for your senior to support and to help her in all the ways that she needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Glenview IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.