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7 Tips For Senior Proofing A Home
In a recent article on the websitecare2.com, Laura Firszt of Networx offered some tips to help our aging parents to remain securely and comfortably in their home. While our nation recognizes Mothers and Fathers with their own special day, resulting in cards, flowers and phone calls, there are far better ways to show your appreciation and give back some of the care to aging parents. Not surprisingly, the maintenance of their home. Below are 7 tips to consider in helping your senior parents stay safe and comfortable in the homestead:
Work from the outside in. Start with the front entrance to their home. Be sure stairs have good, sturdy hand rails, and consider non-slip paint for surfaces. In some cases, replace a stairway with a universal access ramp.
Smarten up their house. Independent senior living has gone smart! The markets are full of personal emergency response systems, robotic vacuum cleaners, and smart doorbells that screen potential visitors. Check into these!
Don’t ignore the obvious. Take a look around your parents’ home. Make a list of potential fall hazards, or items in need of repair. Find a trusted local contractor to have these assessed and repaired.
Pay close attention to lighting. As eyes grow older, they may benefit from more powerful overhead light fixtures, as well as task lights carefully placed near work surfaces such as kitchen counters. Make sure that the ambient lighting is glare-free and at a consistent level from one room to the next, to avoid eyestrain due to macular degeneration.
Check the bathroom. Bath and toilets may be in need of grab bars; showers may need seats or chairs. Local home health and physicians are great sources of recommendations.
Stay connected. Call more often. If your parents are tech savvy, keeping in touch via Skype or FaceTime is not only sociable, it will also allow you to see how well (or the opposite!) your parent looks.
Consider installing a home sensor system. If your folks are frail or forgetful, you will be able to monitor their wellbeing with your smartphone, even if you live thousands of miles away. Check that they aren’t neglecting such important aspects of health maintenance as taking necessary medication and eating regularly, as well as being informed of an emergency situation — for instance, a fall.
This article is a great source of ideas and continues at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-ways-to-help-your-aging-parents-stay-safe-at-home.html#ixzz4ENNYB7yW
Thinking of downsizing your parents to a better, lower maintenance home? Call us! We can comb the MLS together and find just the perfect home for Mom and Dad! Our office phone is(423) 433-6517, and we would love to meet you at our office inside Keller Williams Realty, 1033 Hamilton Place in Johnson City!
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