Making the Home Senior Friendly

It’s a simple fact – most seniors want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The problem is, as we become older we may require some help to stay safe and secure in our homes. There are some things that can be done to add more stability to our homes. Adding these options will not only help the seniors stay safe but will also give you and your loved ones peace of mind if the senior is ever alone.

Options to Improve Safety

There are a number of things you can do to improve the safety of your senior’s home. As seniors get older they may find that just getting around the house is difficult or painful. Some options are very easy and inexpensive to accomplish while others are more complex. If the plan is to keep the senior home for as long as possible there are a few items that are worth investing in to keep the home safe and easy to maneuver through.

  • Light Timers
  • Stair Lift
  • Step-in Shower
  • Shower Bars and Seats

Protection and Security

Alarms are becoming more and more popular. They are used in a number of ways and aren’t simply for keeping burglars away. Alarms are very easy to use and some can even be used with remote controls. A home alarm system will protect the home from potential burglars.  A burglary occurs about every 16 seconds in the United States. That frightening statistic helps you realize that an alarm is certainly a helpful tool to keep you and your possessions safe. Burglars may target homes with older individuals because older adults can be more vulnerable. To prevent an incident from occurring, investing in a home alarm system to be installed may be worth the money.

      • Medical Alert
      • Home Alarm System

A medical alert is a useful life-saving tool that is rather inexpensive. The device is offered by a number of different companies. Seniors can wear a button on their wrists to have at all times in case of a fall or another emergency. The button is programmed to immediately call for assistance if needed. For example, if the seniors were to fall down they could press the button to call for help automatically.

Make Life Easier

Other devices can be used to make life easier for those who are getting older. Many of these options are very inexpensive and take only a few minutes to install.

      • Automatic Can Opener
      • Jar Opener
      • Rearrange Cabinets for easy use
      • Large Button Phone
      • Remote Control for Lights, Furnace, Air Conditioner

Benefits of Adding Safety Features to Your Home

Adding safety features may help the senior stay in his or her home longer. Using these various options will help to keep the senior safe and give you and your family peace of mind. Staying safe is the most important factor to consider when deciding to stay in the home or move to an assisted living or senior living community. Realize that you do face new and different concerns by choosing to live in your home as an older individual. Take advantage of all the available options to ensure your safety and health.

Moving to a Safe Environment

While deciding whether or not to keep a senior at home it is important to know about all of the options that are available. Since safety and health are the top priorities, looking at senior living communities such as assisted living can give you a good idea of what type of environment is best. Assisted living communities provide a community with the senior resident’s safety in mind and design the floor plans, activities, services and amenities to answer to the residents needs.

To learn more about home care or assisted living near you call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor for free detailed information.