Being able to take your senior parents into your home during their elderly years can be a very rewarding experience. This is additional time that you get to spend with your parents. You also get to help them with things that they find challenging each day. Your loved ones may have trouble getting around their home and need assistance. They may not be able to cook any longer. Whatever the reason, this is a wise decision for their safety and well-being. There may be some changes that need to occur to your home in order to make it more accessible for your parents.
You can help make a bedroom more accessible by installing handrails near the bed. This makes it easier to get in and out of bed each day. According to ALC, you should make sure their bedroom is on the first floor and is the closest room to the bathroom. Minimizing stairs any way that you can is important for seniors.
A bathroom is usually a very small and compact space in a home. This makes it very difficult for a senior citizen to navigate the space. This is especially true if your family member has a walker, wheelchair or cane. According to JM Construction, it’s a good idea to install grab bars near the toilet. This will help with lowering down onto the toilet and getting back up. Grab bars can also be installed near the bathtub or shower. A walk-in shower is a huge convenience. You can add a medical stool inside the shower as well.
The kitchen can be a very challenging place for a senior. Try to keep all your parents’ daily items lower down in a cupboard where they can reach them with ease. If you can manage to keep everything within one cupboard together, this will prevent your parents from having to search through cupboards and drawers to find what they need. This is especially helpful if your parents are having some memory issues that make the kitchen confusing for them.
Moving your parents into your home when they are getting older is a decision that everyone in the family should make together. After all, this is a decision that will impact everyone. Make sure that everyone in your home is on board with helping their in-laws, grandparents, etc. Working together to make necessary changes to the home will make the adjustment easier for everyone involved.
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