Home Adaptation
Home Adaptation

Home adaptation for the elderly; information and tips

April, 2013

As one gets older, members of the elderly community can find it increasingly hard to complete day to day tasks around their home. If you have an elderly relative who is in this position, but do not need or want to move into a residential care home for the elderly, then home adaptation may be the answer.

By making just a few changes around the home you can provide the best senior living environment for your elderly relative.

Over the next few days we’re going to take you round each room of the house giving those of you providing elderly care information and tips on what adaptations can assist your relative.

BATHROOM

1. Fall Prevention

a. Install grab rails in bath, shower and near toilet

b. Install handheld shower and tub chair or bench

c. Remove rugs and install non-skid surfaces (safety mat) in bath and shower

2. Injury Prevention and accessibility modifications

a. Raise toilet seat or commode to higher level

b. Replace glass shower doors with plastic or curtains

3. Low Vision

a. Grooming mirror that can be maneuvered for close patient access

b. Install night lights and specific task lighting

4. Low hearing

a. Spring-loaded faucets (or motion detectors)

5. Additional measures if cognitive Impairment or Dementia

a. Place sign clearly denoting bathroom and leave door open

b. Remove electrical appliances

c. Remove or reverse the door locks

BEDROOM

1. Fall Prevention

a. Offer bedside commode

b. Offer hospital bed

c. Consider hospital bed and lower bed to floor level (if patient falls out of bed)

2. Low Vision

a. Add night lights

3. Cognitive Impairment or Dementia

a. Use baby monitor to monitor patient activities

b. Remove carpeting if uncontrolled Incontinence

STAIRS

1. Fall Prevention

a. Install hand railings on both sides of the stairs

b. Install tread on stairs to prevent sliding

2. Injury Prevention and accessibility modifications

a. Consider low grade ramp in place of stairs

3. Low Vision

a. Apply contrasting color at the edge of stair treads

b. Keep halls and stairways well lit

4. Cognitive Impairment or Dementia

a. Consider barrier gates at the top and bottom or stairs


Join us on Wednesday as we continue our adaptation journey round the home…

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