How to Adapt Your Home for an Elderly Relative
If you have an elderly relative or friend living with you, adapting your home to suit their needs is vitally important. Stairs, rugs and raised doorsteps can all pose a threat to elderly members of the family, especially those with restricted mobility, so minimise the risk of accidents and injuries by making some key adaptations and adjustments to your home such as through floor lift.
There are many reasons to adapt your home rather than move into another property. These include:
- Moving house can be stressful for everyone involved. If your elderly relative is already relocating from their house to live with you, moving into a familiar environment could be hugely comforting.
- Adapting your home is much more cost-effective than moving house. If you’re installing a stairlift, for example, you will only need to pay for the installation and maintenance costs instead of the fees associated with buying a new property.
- It’s highly unlikely that you’ll find a house with the exact adjustments you require. To ensure your home is safe and comfortable for your relative, his or her requirements will need to be taken into account.
Once you’ve decided to adapt your home for an elderly relative, you may want to consider the following tips:
Install a stairlift or through-floor lift
Installing a lift is one of the most effective things you can do to make your home a safer environment for an elderly relative. Unfortunately, many accidents occur on the stairs. Installing a lift can prevent stair-related incidents and give your loved one the independence they need to move around the house freely.
The type of lift you install will depend on your relative’s requirements. Typically, stairlifts and through-floor lifts are the most popular options for individuals who require assistance getting up and down the stairs.
Remove rugs and other tripping hazards
Remove rugs or anything else that your relative might trip on and only lay carpets with thin piles. This is a simple tip that could prevent dangerous accidents.
While fluffy bath mats also pose a hazard, non-slip shower and bath mats can help to prevent accidents in slippery environments. Consider purchasing these for your bathroom to provide extra protection to your loved one.
Fit handrails around the house
Handrails are another useful adaptation to consider. Fitting handrails can help your relative move around the house with additional support, preventing potentially dangerous slips and trips.
Handrails are particularly useful in the bathroom and the bedroom. This is because they make it easier to get in and out of showers, baths and beds.
Replace steps with ramps
If your loved one finds it difficult to climb steps in your home or garden, consider replacing them with ramps. Installing ramps in your property is particularly important if your relative uses a wheelchair, as ramps make it much easier to move between house storeys and levels.
Fit automatic lights
Automatic lights can make it much safer for your relative to move around at night. Finding light switches in the dark can be difficult, especially when you’ve just moved into a new house. With this in mind, you may consider fitting automatic lights in communal spaces such as the hallway and bathroom.
To discuss the installation of a lift in your property, don’t hesitate to contact us at Euro Lifts today. We will consider your exact requirements when designing and installing a lift for your home. No matter your needs, you can count on us to deliver exceptional results every time.