Making Home Features Safe for Seniors

Seniors are increasingly choosing to remain in their current houses, long after their kids have grown up and moved out.  While this growing trend indicates positive things about modern health and longevity, as well as access to senior services, it does pose several challenges that need to be prepared for.  Obviously, as we age, our needs change and the house that served us well at age 35 isn’t a house that would also meet our needs at 65.  Being aware of this fact, should motivate us to plan ahead and begin modifying our homes for our future requirements.

While everyone is different and no home is the same, there are some universally useful suggestions for making a house senior-friendly.  So, here is how to age proof your home:

Find local experts with specialized certifications related to senior needs and work with them to plan your age-related remodeling.  Try to find Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) and Occupational Therapists with the Executive Certificate in Home Modifications (ECHM) or the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM).  These are professionals that will know how a house might need to be altered to accommodate older people.  Select the experts you prefer via telephone and plan with them.

When you are redoing the interior of your house, think about what problems you might reasonably develop as you age.  Does your family have a genetic predisposition for diabetes or strokes?  Have any of your family members ended up as invalids later in life?  If so, you should seriously consider widening your entryways and hallways and adding safety bars to your bathrooms.  These modifications will help if you ever require the use of a wheelchair.  You should plan for other potential problems in a similar way.

If you don’t live in a single-floor house, try to move your everyday living spaces downstairs.  Locate your bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.  This helps greatly because older people can develop more severe arthritis and/or become much less coordinated.

Create wide pathways between furniture and to areas you often need to go.  Reduce the number of items you have around the house to reduce congestion.  Make certain that all areas are well-lit, that all stairways have guide rails and slick flooring has traction.  Also, get rid of smaller rugs and carpeting that you could trip on.

Bathrooms are often among the most dangerous places for seniors.  It’s a good idea to “senior-proof” them by:  replacing bathtubs with shower stalls that are completely flush with the floor; installing flooring traction; and by replacing standard toilets with raised ones.

Preventing accidental falls is one of the most important safety considerations for seniors.  Considering this, you should improve nighttime visibility with motion-activated lighting and repair any damaged walkways that might cause you to trip and fall.

Redefining The Designs of Your Bedroom

Refining your bedroom could likely prove to be a highly rewarding endeavor, considering that many of us spend ten or more hours a day there.  Enhancing an environment you spend much of your time in, as well as most of your regenerative moments, certainly will improve your mood and quality of life. As you continue reading, you will learn more about the steps of the somewhat lengthy process of upgrading your bedroom.

First, you need to have a vision of what you want to do.  You can acquire this from interior design magazines, HGTV shows or by discussing ideas with an ASID-certified interior designer.  Remember to take notes, so you don’t forget your vision.  Now, with your room-improvement concept in hand, start the refining process by painting and/or wallpapering the room.  Next, determine what items in your room you want to replace or upgrade.  Then, make a shopping list of all the things you need.

However, before going shopping, measure the dimensions of your room to ensure all your desired items will comfortably fit within it.  There’s nothing worse than buying a lot of expensive furniture, transporting it home and then not being able to use it.  Speaking of furniture, your bed is the most prominent item in your bedroom; the surface area of its covers is likely greater than most other objects in the room.  It is for this reason you should be mindful of how your bedding fits into your bedroom’s color scheme.  When selecting a dresser or chest of drawers, you want one that matches the style of your bed and isn’t too much taller than it.

Lighting is another aspect of your room that can make or break it.  Remember to use enough light to make your feel cozy, without making it feel overly radiant.  The goal is to have lighting that relaxes you, that can also be adjusted to put you in the mood to sleep.  You can accomplish this with good table lamps that are effectively placed.

A refined bedroom should have a lounging area, where you can unwind prior to sleep.  In other words, a place where you can read, watch tv, listen to music or simply consume an evening snack.  This part of your bedroom should have a sofa or comfortable chair and a table for snacks/drinks.  The capstone of a fine bedroom is the right art hanging on the wall.  This picture or painting should reflect your personality and complement your bedroom’s other décor.

With all this said, the perfect bedroom is one you feel most comfortable in.  It’s one that both matches your personality and facilitates the important function of sleep.  Once you are able to fully refine your bedroom to your liking, you are closer to improving your overall health.  We sincerely hope that all of the advice we have imparted to you (about how to give your bedroom a polished look)  helps create your ideal sleeping area.