As we age, our homes can start to feel less safe and comfortable. But there are many simple ways to make a home safer for senior homeowners.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some easy tips and tricks to help you stay safe and secure in your own home.
“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
– Betty Friedan –
1. Clear Up Clutter
One of the easiest ways to make your home safer is to clear the clutter. Remove any items that are not necessary, such as old newspapers or magazines, excess furniture, or clutter in the hallways. This will help to reduce the risk of trips and falls, and make it easier to navigate through your home.
Falls are the number one reason seniors end up in the hospital. Keep the space tidy and clear of any obstacles that could cause a fall.
2. Install Grab Bars
Another simple way to make your home safer is to install grab bars. These can be installed in your bathroom, hallway or any other area where you need extra support. Grab bars can help you to maintain your balance and reduce the risk of falls.
Grab bars are a great tool for stability and to help seniors navigate through the house with confidence.
3. Improve the Lighting
Good lighting is essential for a safe home. Make sure that all of your rooms are well-lit, especially in areas where you may need to go through in the dark, like hallways or staircases. Replace dim or burnt out light bulbs with brighter ones. Consider installing motion-sensor lights or nightlights in areas that are frequently used during the night.
There are many ways to add more lighting to the hallway that are both functional and pretty.
4. Install Stairway Handrails
Stairs can be a major hazard for seniors. Installing handrails on both sides of your staircase can provide extra support and stability as you climb up and down. This can help to prevent falls and make you feel more secure in your home.
Handrails should be installed by a professional, who will make sure they are able to hold a persons’ weight.
5. Add Non-Slip Mats
Slippery floors can be a major hazard for seniors. Adding non-slip mats to your bathroom and kitchen floors can help to prevent falls and make you feel more confident when walking on slick surfaces.
Non-slip mats (with a rubber backing) are an inexpensive way to feel more comfortable and confident when walking on hard floors.
6. Install a Home Security System
Finally, consider installing a home security system to protect your home from potential intruders. A security system can provide peace of mind and ensure that you and your belongings are protected.
A security system will let you sleep well at night knowing you are safe and secure in your home.
In conclusion, there are many easy ways to make your home safer as a senior homeowner. By following these simple tips, you can reduce the risk of falls and injuries, feel more confident in your own home, and enjoy your golden years with peace of mind.
**If you would like more ideas of how you can make your home senior-friendly, download the FREE “10 Aging-In-Place Updates” Checklist by clicking HERE**
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