It’s home improvement time. Actually, Home Improvement Time runs from April through September. While it’s easy to take this for granted and assume just because the weather is turning warmer, younger adults are going to be looking at improving their decks, patios, lawns, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and much more, it’s also a time to think about senior safety. Whether an aging person requires home care right now or not, a lot of home safety improvements can make a world of difference.
Most accidents happen in the home.
That’s true of people for all age groups. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in your 20’s, 50’s, or 90’s. The majority of accidents, including serious ones, happen at home.
That’s because most of us don’t consider our safety something to be focused on as a priority. In other words, we go about our lives without a second thought.
We rushed down stairs, run out the door, drive a little too fast, cut fruits and vegetables as quickly as we can, not paying attention to the knife in our hands, and so on.
We might mow the lawn, notice to the rock or the stick that’s in the way, and not want to stop to move it, so we mow it over, not realizing it can kick a piece something out of the chute that bounces off a nearby tree and then smacks us in the eye.
You see, accidents are waiting to happen everywhere. That goes for seniors, too. So, what types of home improvement projects can make a difference and help an aging senior avoid the need for extra care?
Install grab bars in the tub or shower surround and allow the senior to have something to hold onto as they get into and out of it. Or, if they slip, it will hold up their weight, which a towel bar won’t.
With a detachable showerhead, an aging senior can sit down on a shower seat and rest their legs while they bathe. That will leave them feeling stronger when they have to get out of the tub or shower.
Without proper lighting, a person of advancing years whose eyesight isn’t quite as good as it was in their younger years could miss items caught in the shadows. Improve lighting, add lamps, change broken light bulbs, and help keep the home environment for that senior in your life safer.
Now is the time to consider that as it is Home Improvement Time. The right home improvements and safety upgrades could help an elderly person avoid the need for home care, at least for a while, if not the rest of their life.