Home Adaptation
Home Adaptation

Information for elderly carers: room by room home adaptation

April, 2013

Earlier in the week we started a journey around the home giving those who provide elderly care information and tips on simple changes you can make around their home to assist them with the day to day activities that become more cumbersome with age.

Our advice for the elderly community began with the bathroom, bedroom and stairs and today we continue our home adaptation journey downstairs with;

KITCHEN

1. Injury Prevention and accessibility modifications

a. Use electric stoves (or gas stoves should have auto pilot lights)

2. Low Vision

a. Install strip lighting under cabinets

3. Cognitive Impairment or Dementia

a. Install hidden stove shut-off valve, lock oven door, remove stove knobs and cover stove Burners

b. Consider locks on cabinets, refrigerator and freezer (including small non-food items with risk of ingestion)

c. Disable garbage disposal and secure garbage out of patient’s access

d. Lock away glass, knives and other hazards

e. Unplug and lock away electrical appliances

ACCESS & GARDEN

1. Cognitive Impairment or Dementia

a. Fence off high risk areas (water bodies, busy streets, embankments)

b. Remove poisonous plants

c. Lock away yard equipment (shears, spades, tools, mowers, weed wackers, Pesticides)

d. Install door alarms

e. Install double key locks

f. Install spring-loaded door closers

2. Low Vision

a. Yellow or amber tinted lenses reduce glare (also consider hat visor or brim)

b. Install bright lights at exterior doors (with motion and sound detection)

c. Install lighted keyholes and doorbells

3. Hearing Loss

a. Doorbells and intercoms with visual indicators (flashing lights), volume controls, and multiple receivers
b. Vibration sensors at front door can alert patients of door knocking

Join us tomorrow as we conclude our journey with the more general changes you can make around the entire home to reduce the risk of injury and creating the best senior living environment.

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