Many older adults would like to stay independent and remain in their homes for as long as possible. To be able to age in place as they would want, they have to create an environment for themselves that they can thrive in. One of the best ways to do this is to implement the right home modifications that fit their needs.
The best part about home modifications is that they can be very simple, yet extremely effective. This means that older adults who make even just a few changes to their home can significantly decrease their chances for major issues like falling. We created a list below to guide you through the types of modifications that are available to you and how they can improve how you live at home.
Bathroom accidents thatcause falls and injuries are often due to features that don’t accommodate those with limited mobility, strength, and balance. To minimize the risk of falling, bathrooms can be modified in the following ways:
Because we spend so much time in our kitchens, it’s necessary to have the right modifications to not only keep us safe but to also make cooking, cleaning, and organizing much easier.
Kitchen modifications can include:
There are also many general home modifications you can implement to make each room in your home more accessible and enjoyable.
Examples of these modifications include:
Many people don’t realize that specific home modifications are needed for those with Alzheimer’s to keep them safe and comfortable.
Some of these modifications include:
Every modification you add should revolve around reducing strain, and making your home easily accessible and hazard-free. So, take time to find the modifications that work best for you, and don’t be afraid to ask for advice from professionals.
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