Recognizing the importance of independent living is crucial, especially this month. However, research suggests that most older adults do not have the basic equipment to safely grow older in their homes. The following are a few simple solutions to the many challenges of aging in place, which will allow you to maintain your independence in your home for as long as possible.
Reinforce Railings and Banisters
As we grow older, it can become more and more difficult to go from floor to floor on our own. Reinforcing railings and banisters can ensure that we have the extra support and balance needed to safely go up and down the stairs. Or, if your movement is limited or are recovering from an injury, consider adding a stairlift for easy access to all levels of your home. These are simple solutions that can make a huge difference in your mobility and dependence on others.
Install Grab Bars in Your Bathroom
Bathing and using the toilet are two activities that elderly adults struggle with most. Installing grab bars to help you get in and out of the shower and toilet will significantly decrease any chance of falling. Other bathroom safety products, such as shower seats, can also help with the actual process of showering and give an extra measure of support when needed.
These installations will allow you to use the bathroom as often and freely as necessary, without relying on others for assistance.
Slip and Fall-Proof Your Floors
It is important to be aware of our surroundings and any hazards in the home. Remember to move or remove anything on the floor that can increase the risk of falling, such as wires or rugs. The bathroom, specifically, can be a high-risk area in your home for slips and falls. Adding bath/shower mats is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your daily bathroom routine. These small solutions can allow us to walk freely around our homes and go about our day-to-day while having peace of mind.
Lean on Technology When Mobility is Limited
If mobility is limited, rely on helpful technology throughout your home to make your daily activities more comfortable. Install touchless faucets into your kitchen so you never have to worry about grasping the handle. Our Belanger touchless faucets provide a practical yet stylish look to your kitchen and will automatically stop water flow after 3 minutes of inactivity.
Take your bathroom routine to the next level by adding a magnetic hand shower. These can be mounted anywhere in your shower and are easy to install. An easy-to-reach shower head that attaches and detaches effortlessly will make showering easier than ever.
Follow these solutions to continue living independently and safely in your home. For more information, visit the Administration for Community Living, or these resources below: