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Research shows that seniors who remain at home or "age in place" tend to age better, both physically and emotionally. People are happier when they are able to retain a sense of independence as well as proximity to familiar places and people. Remaining at home is also much less expensive than moving into a retirement community or assisted living facility. However, successful aging in place may require some modifications to make the home safer.
Adding more lighting is a simple step people can take to make a home safer for elders. As eyesight begins to fail, darkness becomes more of a hazard, so lighting needs to be brighter and more widespread throughout the home. Motion-sensored lighting is an option that many seniors use so they can get light when they need it without having to search for a switch on the wall. Consider adding extra lighting to doorways, hallways, stairways, bathrooms, and in any other dark places the senior needs to navigate.
There are quite a few hazards to beware of in the kitchen, including falls and fires. Since kitchen floors are likely to get wet, it's very important to have non-slip floor mats to prevent falls on a slippery floor. Another kitchen safety modification is a temperature-controlled stove that will not heat to the combustion point of oil, thus reducing the risk of kitchen fires. Removing curtains that hang near the stove or replacing them with less flammable blinds can also help reduce the risk of fire.
More falls take place in the bathroom than any other room in the house, so bathroom safety modifications are especially important. In addition to grab bars next to the toilet and the tub or shower, Walkin Bathtubs can make bathing a much safer and more pleasant experience. Perfect Walkin Bathtubs allow the user to step directly into and out of the tub without having to step over the tub's edge or lift themselves up from a fully reclined position. In addition, San Diego Walkin Bathtubs are quick to fill, with high-capacity faucets, and also quick to empty, with drains that can empty the tub in less than 2 minutes.
Other safety modifications to consider include bed rails to prevent falling out of bed, a stair lift, and a medical alert system. Preventing accidents before they happen is the best way to ensure that seniors can continue to enjoy the comforts of their own home for as long as possible. See this site for more information about Orange County Walkin Bathtubs.
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