As we get older, conventional homes may no longer be as safe as they once were. Senior citizens require different safety measures at home. Chajinel Home Care Services is a Home Care Agency in California that can help make your home safe for senior citizens and for individuals with disabilities. Here are a few considerations to ensure your home is being made as safe as possible:
Railing: Railings are without a doubt the must-have for senior citizens. The elderly may not have the balance they once had in their younger years, so it is important to have railings they can hold onto when moving around the house. These rails can be placed at strategic locations such as the hallway, bathroom, shower or bathtub, along with ramps, and near the bed. They provide a way for senior citizens to maintain their balance when moving about or for something solid to grab onto when they feel like they are about to fall or lose their balance.
Ramps: Stairs are not only a hassle for senior citizens, but they can be dangerous as well. Installing ramps instead of stairs is a great way to reduce that danger. This can also make the house more accessible for individuals with disabilities. Great places to have ramps are in locations with only a few stairs, such as at the front door or in rooms that move up or down in elevation. For two or more stories, you can use a lift that attaches to the stair’s railings acting as a mini elevator for seniors and for individuals with disabilities.
Walk-In Showers: Getting into a bathtub is not only a difficult task but it can also be dangerous due to the slippery surface and the ledge one must climb over. Having a walk-in shower with a floor that provides grip can go a long way in enhancing the safety of the bathroom. You also do not have to worry about climbing over the side of the bathtub.
These are just some basic ideas to keep in mind when you are looking for ways to improve the safety of your home. If you would like to find out more about our Elderly Home Care Services, please feel free to check out our website.