With the increasing cost of housing and retirement these days, more and more families are turning to diversification, and many young people are choosing to live with their aging parents because it not only gives people the support they need from each other as family members while still ensuring independence, but it also creates more opportunities to spend time together and build closer ties. And it also pools resources and avoids the high cost of living.
However, the reality of sharing space in a multi-generational household can be a bit of a bump in the road, especially with some of the furniture that needs to be used and decorated with the physical condition of the elderly in mind. So if you are considering inviting your parents to live with you, take a look at this furniture modification guide.
- Safe Floor
Floor is one of the most noteworthy places for the elderly, because the risk of falling is very high for an elderly person. So after deciding to live with your elderly parents, you can consider installing some rougher flooring, such as wood planks. Try to avoid smooth flooring materials, such as tile or stone. If you like your current flooring better and don't plan to replace the flooring material, you can also acquire some carpet as a temporary quick solution, or consider using non-slip strips in some key areas.
- Use handle-style doorknob
This may be an easy area to overlook, as many elderly people may suffer from arthritis, or their hands are not very flexible. So a simple doorknob will be more convenient for the elderly, because they can be easily pushed down, unlike round door doorknobs that require a strong force to grasp and rotate.
Handle-Style Doorknob Used, Opening The Door Easily for the Ages
- Add grab bars
For the same reason, the elderly may not walk very steadily because of their aging bodies, so when they walk around the house, they will be more accustomed to reaching for the nearest object to keep their balance. So these things that can support them had better be stable and strong. So it's best to install some simple handrails on the walls of the house that can provide stable support when parents need it.
Stairs can be a big challenge for seniors with mobility issues. Therefore, if your parent needs to move in, be sure to consider the stairs in your home. If you have someone in a wheelchair, you may need to add additional railings or consider installing an elevator if you have the budget for it. Also, consider adding a ramp to the exterior of your home to access the front door that will make it easier for people with mobility issues to get in and out of your home.
A Ramp To The Exterior Of Your Home Acessing to the Front Door For Ages Going And Coming Safely and Stablely
The bathroom is also a place that should nt be neglected, especially for people with mobility problems. Because the floor is wet, it is easy to slip and fall. Therefore, if possible, try to install an unrestricted shower and use a flooring material that maintains a good grip even when wet, or you can place non-slip mats on the floor to increase friction.
Also, consider using a toilet that is higher than normal standards, which can make it easier for loved ones who have difficulty standing up from a seated position, and add grab bars or handles next to the toilet to make sitting and standing more stable and safe.
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