More and more seniors in Greenville, NC, Washington NC, Williamston, NC and Kinston NC are choosing home care as opposed to retirement homes. Home care has numerous benefits—many seniors heal faster, have customizable plans, and maintain their independence. To help make our home care services better, we’ve come up with a guide to help make homes accessible. Here are 3 ways to make your home accessible.
1. Get Rid Of General Clutter
We know that it can be hard to downsize on furniture and decorations. Some may even hold special memories. No worries, these things can be stored away safely. Having an open floor plan with as much space as possible makes it easier to navigate your home. Try to think of ways that make your home the most functional. Make sure you get furniture that can provide support and help you stand. Reducing clutter is one of the most important things you can do to prevent falls and maintain peace of mind.
2. Have Lights Within Reach
Sometimes walks to the light switch can be very dangerous for seniors. Try to cut this hazard out by having lamps or flashlights within reach in all ‘resting’ places. You may even want to have timed nightlights in outlets in halls or various locations. Most senior citizens need more lighting to complete day to day activities. Accessible lighting dramatically reduces the risks of falls and creates a general sense of safety or security.
3. Make Things Reachable
Nothing’s more frustrating than not being able to access things on your own. Make sure that you place the necessities on reachable shelves and that nothing is too hard to find. It may be a good idea to have side tables that have a designated purpose. This will help reduce confusion and make many more items accessible. You may also want to invest in sturdy tables that could provide support in case they need to be leaned on.
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SILVERcare is a locally owned, licensed home care agency which was established in 1993 in Greenville, NC, Washington NC, Williamston, NC and Kinston NC. We provide in-home assistance and personal care services to the elderly, disabled and injured.
The greatest fear many seniors have about the aging process is the loss of their independence. SILVERcare addresses these concerns by giving seniors the support they need to remain in their homes, living independently, for as long as possible. Our personal care services provide peace of mind to our clients and their families. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today!