How to modify your home for an elderly relative

Having an elderly relative come to live with you might seem like a very disruptive prospect – for both parties. You will have to adjust to each other’s practical and emotional needs and, perhaps, change your lifestyles to fit in with each other’s way of living. There are things you can do to make the transition a little easier though. In this blog, we look at some of the different practical modifications you can make to your home to make it more suitable for your elderly loved one.

Adjustable beds

When choosing furniture, we can often fall prey to following fashion. For example, Japanese-inspired low, platform beds are very in right now. While you may love the look of these or other trendy beds, they may not be the most suitable choice if your older relation has mobility problems. In this case, an adjustable bed might be the way to go. Designed to help the user get in and out of bed more easily and sleep more comfortably, they can be beneficial to senior citizens who want to stay independent for longer. Adjustable beds for the elderly aren’t just purely functional either; you can get them in a variety of styles to suit your home.

Large-face or talking clocks

If your new housemate has poor sight, the simplest of tasks can become near impossible. Those of us with good vision can take for granted how easy it is to tell the time just by glancing at a clock, watch or phone. For people with low vision on the other hand, this act can be a struggle. Why not invest in a large-face or talking clock to make life that little bit easier for your parent, grandparent or other older family member?

Bath boards

As we age, getting in and out of the bath can become more difficult. However, not everyone has a walk-in shower to offer their maturing relations. To make bathing safer, you might consider getting a removable bath board. These solutions offer a helping hand to those who have trouble accessing the bath and can make slips and falls less likely as well, giving you and your relative added peace of mind.

Sound indicators

We rely on noise to tell us about the events that take place in our homes more than we might think. From the doorbell ringing, to a smoke alarm going off, to someone calling on the phone, we depend on our hearing to inform us about a number of domestic occurrences. What then if your relative is hearing-impaired? Fortunately, there are a selection of products available created to alert the hard of hearing to happenings in the home. They may indicate by flashing a strobe or the lights in your house or by vibrating a pager that the user wears.

Remember, these are just a few of the many ways you can modify your home to make daily living easier for an ageing relation. To find the best solutions for you, it’s a good idea to make a list of your family member’s specific needs. Charities like Age UK will be able to offer further advice and information on adjustments you can make.

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