BLOG: Inexpensive Ways To Create A Mobility Friendly Home For The Elderly

2015-08-02 09.22.25

According to a study, there are currently nearly 6 million households in the UK that are headed by a person aged 65 or over. Out of the millions of elderly homeowners, another research found that 80% of older homeowners wish to stay where they are.

As more people are deciding to age in place, it’s imperative to make certain modifications in order to benefit older adults who want to remain in their homes. Nowadays, many people are hesitant to make these changes as the cost of a basic remodel can be quite costly.

However, there are certain things that you can do to transform your house into a mobility friendly home for the elderly without breaking the bank. Consider the following tips to make your home a safe place for your elderly loved ones.

Install LED lights

As we age, our eyesight is likely to deteriorate. To prevent older adults from slipping or falling, one of the easiest things that you can do to create a mobility friendly home is to install additional lighting in potentially dangerous areas. Consider putting LED light strips on stairs, under cabinets in the kitchen, above the cooking station, and along hallways. Not only is it a great way to add illumination, but it also makes your home safer for your elderly loved ones.

Choose slip-resistant flooring

To prevent your older relative from slipping inside the home, choose slip-resistant flooring materials for different parts of the house. A soft carpet in the living room and bedroom can offer some protection against injury from falls, while snap-together rubber flooring can add comfort and safety to a basement, laundry area, and kitchen.

Install grab bars and a shower seat in the bathroom

Having grab bars in the bathroom can be a big help for elderly adults. Place one near the toilet area and another one in the shower. It’s also a good idea to have a shower seat inside the bathroom so older adults who are having mobility problems can be safe while they get clean.

Replace door handles

If most of your doors have round door handles, replace them with lever-style handles. These are easier to use especially for seniors with limited strength or arthritis. Lever-style handles can be installed on any regular door and can be combined with a lock fixture for added security.

These are just a few inexpensive ways to create a safe place for your elderly loved ones. Follow these tips today to create a mobility friendly and accessible home for older adults.

This is a guest post to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons by Lucy Wyndham, editor of movementadvisor.com. Check out their website for more information about mobility and accessibility for disabled people.