After making the tough decision to move your aging parent or loved one out of their home and into a safer space, the next stage of the process can be just as difficult. Assisted living is usually the first step in a senior’s long-term care plan, and moving them into your home is a good way to save money while keeping them comfortable. But before you pack up their belongings and move them into your home, here are a few things to consider.
Think About Placement
Ideally, the best place to move your aging loved one is a bedroom or area on the first floor. Steps can be difficult for seniors and can increase the chances of a slip and fall accident. If a downstairs bedroom is not an option, consider installing an automatic stair lift.
If there are minimal stairs leading to their living area, a ramp may also be a good option. These adjustments can make a big difference when it comes to keeping them safe.
Consider Restroom Accommodations
Is there a bathroom available that meets all their limitations? It’s crucial to determine which modifications your aging parent might need before moving them into your home. If they use a wheelchair, you’ll need to have a bathroom large enough to accommodate it.
When it comes to bathing, stepping into a tub can increase their chances of falling. Adding grab bars and/or installing a curbless shower or walk-in tub are all ways to help prevent these types of injuries.
Ponder Other Home Hazards
There are a number of items that can make living in a home more difficult for a senior. Take the time to trace their steps and analyze areas that might be hard for them to navigate.
Make sure they have a clear path from their bedroom to the bathroom and any other shared spaces. Does their new area contain hazards like throw rugs, or large pieces of furniture partially blocking their walkway? While they might look great, if it impedes movement, you’ll want to get rid of them.
It’s also important to think about lighting. Do they have easy access to bedside lamps and switches? Being able to provide accessible lighting at all times of the day is one way to help reduce their risk of falling. Another option is to install nightlights throughout the home. This easy and cost effective fix can help prevent your aging parent from becoming disoriented in the dark.
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