Many seniors would like to stay in their homes as long as possible. With that said, you’re ability to do this depends on many factors, including the nature of the challenges you face in your current home. Sometimes it may require a large home renovation and many times it is as simple as a few inexpensive fixes to improve your current living situation. See below for a list of safety improvement ideas from the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) newsletter:
- Change out your hardwood floors to carpet and get rid of your area rugs. This will reduce tripping/slipping hazards and can cushion falls. If you need to make do with area rugs, make sure they’re secured to the floor.
- If you have stairs, add a second handrail along the opposite wall to improve stability.
- Wear non-slip shoes in your home instead of slippers or socks.
- Add non-skid safety strips to the floor of your shower/tub and get rid of your removable in-shower bath mat. They are safer!
- Bathroom grab bars should be preferably anchored into the wall, but if that’s not possible, adding a clamped safety rail to the side of the tub is better than nothing.
- Purchase a broad-based heavy-duty step ladder with a hand-hold bar across the top for those hard to reach items.
- Improve the overall lighting in your house by adding motion-activated nigh lights in the hallway. It may be as simple as changing the bulbs out to higher wattages.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you have a relative or friend that you think may benefit from moving out of their home and into a senior home please feel free to reach out to me. I am a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist and have helped many seniors sell their homes and make the transition.