How to Make Your House Safe for Elderly Parents

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As our parents age, their living needs may evolve, requiring adjustments to their environment for continued safety and comfort. Making our homes accessible and hazard-free becomes a crucial act of love and support, even if it is difficult for your parents to accept these changes to a much-loved home. There are many products available that look less clinical and more fitting for the environment. They have clever design features, so these adjustments do not have to be unsightly yet offer the user more control in their life and engagement in activities that matter.

Here are some practical tips to transform your house into a haven for your ageing parents:

Focus on the floor:

  • Eliminate tripping hazards: Remove throw rugs, clutter, and electrical cords from walkways. Secure carpets with double-sided tape.
  • Improve lighting: Increase lighting around stairs, hallways, and frequently used areas. Consider nightlights in bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • Upgrade flooring: opt for non-slip surfaces like textured mats or low-pile carpets in high-traffic areas.

Bathroom Transformations:

Install grab bars: Secure grab bars near toilets, showers, and bathtubs for added support and stability.

  • Shower safety: Consider a walk-in shower with a built-in seat or a shower chair. Install non-slip mats and grab bars within reach.
  • Adjust toilet height: Raise toilet seats with grab bars for easier standing and sitting.

Stairway Security:

Install sturdy handrails: Ensure handrails are on both sides of the stairs and extend beyond the top and bottom steps.

  • Improve lighting: Brighten stairway areas with motion-sensor lights or continuous low lighting.
  • Consider stair lifts: For individuals with limited mobility, a stair lift can provide safe and independent access to different floors.

Kitchen Updates: 

Organise cupboards and shelves: Place commonly used items within easy reach to avoid unnecessary stretching or bending.

  • Utilise non-slip mats: Place floor mats near the sink and stove to prevent accidental slips.
  • Clear walkways: Ensure unobstructed access to cabinets, refrigerators, and countertops.

General Household Adjustments:

Declutter living spaces: Reduce clutter to create wider pathways and avoid bumping into obstacles.

  • Upgrade furniture: opt for furniture with rounded edges and stable bases to minimise fall risks.
  • Emergency equipment: Ensure smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are readily accessible and functional.
  • Assistive devices: Consider grab bars in hallways, raised toilet seats, and sturdy shower chairs for additional support.

Beyond Modifications, Foster Connection:

Regular communication: Stay in touch with your parents, check in on their well-being, and address any concerns promptly.

  • Encourage social interaction: Help your parents stay connected with friends and family, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing isolation.
  • Embrace technology: Utilise smart home devices with voice control for lights, thermostat adjustments, and even emergency alerts.

Remember, creating a safe haven for your parents is an ongoing process. Adapt your efforts based on their evolving needs and involve them in decisions whenever possible. By combining practical modifications with regular communication and emotional support, you can help your parents age gracefully within the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

By prioritising safety and fostering your parents’ well-being, you can transform your house into a loving and secure haven for their golden years.

If you think your parents could benefit from the support of a live-in carer or hourly care, call our team on 01494 917344 to find out how we can help.