Steps To Prepare Your Home For The Elderly

Bringing home an elderly loved is not as easy as you think it is. Your household needs to be facilitated for them and have safety measures taken so that they feel comfortable in your home. You cannot simply bring them in and give them the guest room. There are high risks of falls and accidents and also various illnesses and hence you need to be able to be prepared for everything. These are a few simple steps to ensure you home is elderly-friendly.

  1. Accommodation with limited mobility

It is essential to provide them a room that has easy access to every amenity. An attached bathroom would be great; if not, it should be in close proximity. Have the room in the ground floor so that the kitchen, living room and even garden is few steps away. Pay attention to the types of doorknobs, the width of the hallways, location of stairs etc. Keep in mind that even if your elderly loved one has no problem getting around right now, they might face difficulty in future; probably even use a wheelchair. If you are planning on accommodating the elder for long term, rather than enrolling them in a residential care Auckland, then updating amenities for them is a must. 

  1. A safe house

Accidents and falls are very common with elders and hence your home needs to be extremely safe. Increase lighting, install railings and ramps on stairs, remove obstacles and clutter etc. should be done around the entire house. If you have kids, ask them to pick up their toys after they done and to keep the hallways clear. The bathroom is a high risk place so install support bars, nonslip bath mats, adjustable toilet seats etc. Reorganize your cabinets and drawers in the kitchen so that they can reach everything they need easily. Install an induction stove so that the stove top does not heat up, rather only the steel pans will. Also, arrange for someone to always be around with the elder. Unlike in Auckland residential care where nurses are always around, your family members may be busy with their own lives, however it is essential to pay close attention to the elder.

  1. Make it an easy transition

The elder feels pressured the same way you do. They might feel they are being a burden on you and hence you need to make sure they are comfortable and feel welcome. Continue your normal routine and try to include them into it as well. Update the home’s décor and feature of their artwork, furniture and sentimental pieces so that they feel like home.