New Year, New Home Design—Tips to Help Seniors Make Their Home Safer
Now that a new year is upon us, there is no better time for seniors to start fresh with their home and make some positive changes to their house. Taking the time to redesign the home can not only help seniors start fresh in the New Year, but it can also help seniors make their home safer as well. If you are looking for redesign tips that can help make the home safer, here are a few tips to help seniors get started.
- Secure or Remove All Rugs- Throw rugs can be a great decorative piece to the home, however, rugs can sometimes be a major safety issue. Rugs can easily cause seniors to trip and fall in their home, which is why it is so important that they are properly secured to the ground with a non-slip backing underneath the rug. Seniors who are prone to falls or who tend to shuffle their feet, may still have trip and fall issues with rugs, and in these cases, it may be best to remove the rugs all together.
- Reorganize the Kitchen- Most people haven’t reorganized their kitchens in years, and while it may not seem like the most fun project, it is one that can really help improve the safety of your home. Reorganize the kitchen by putting everyday items down low and prioritizing where the most commonly used items go. Reaching up high and attempting to reach everyday items can cause seniors to lose their balance and fall. It is an often over-looked cause of falls and something that should be accounted for.
- Add More Lighting- The more lighting you can add to the home the better, as it is a great way to make the home safer for seniors—especially if they tend to get up a lot in the middle of the night. While lamps are a great spot to start, you can also add motion-sensor lighting throughout the home to help highlight common areas where falls may occur.
- Add Non-Slip Rugs to the Bathroom- Did you know that the bathroom is the number one place in the home where falls occur? And that falls are the most common reason that seniors end up in the emergency room. As you redecorate, consider adding some non-slip rugs both inside and outside the shower as a way to prevent falls from happening.
Every senior should feel safe in their homes, and make sure that their house is not only comfortable, but doesn’t have any potential safety issues. This is one of the best ways for seniors to be able to age in place comfortably in their own home—and to not have to worry about potential accidents. If you are looking for a fresh start in this new year, then consider these easy redecorating tips that can help improve your home for the better.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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