5 home adjustments to consider before Mom (or Dad) moves in
Mom is moving in with you.
And you know there are probably adjustments you need to make to your home to accommodate her and keep her safe.
But you’re not sure which adjustments you should make?
In today’s post, I am sharing different home adjustments you can make if you have an older loved one moving in with you.
First of all, it’s important for you to know that as people grow older, they are more likely to fall and injure themselves because of that fall.
Each year that costs millions of dollars in hospitalization costs and can become a financial burden for most families.
Thus, the suggestions I’ll be making in this post will center around keeping your aging parent safe.
Let’s get into it.
5 home adjustments to consider before mom moves in
Does your elderly loved one uses a wheelchair or walker? Consider building a ramp to the house so it’s easier for them to come in and out of the house.
Ramps can vary in cost.
Here’s a video on how to create a simple accessible ramp.
If you plan on having mom in an upstairs bedroom, you might want to consider a stair lift that helps them move up and down the stairs.
People are more likely to fall in the bathroom. Life-threatening injuries can happen as a result of these falls.
Therefore, anything you can do to make your bathroom more safe is always welcome.
If your bathtub or shower doesn’t have railings, consider building 1-2 railings in the bathroom that your loved one can hold on to.
A bathroom or shower chair is another helpful piece you can have in the bathroom to prevent falls.
We’ve all woken up at night to use the bathroom only to bump our toes painfully against the edge of the bed.
Or worse, step on a child’s toy!
These seemingly innocuous accidents could prove dangerous for a loved one.
So having night lights that come on when your loved one gets up to use the restroom is helpful.
A better lit pathway will reduce the probability of a fall.
Consider a downstairs bedroom
If trekking up and down the staircase will be a problem, you might consider building a downstairs bedroom.
This is an expensive undertaking but could be helpful for your loved one.
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