Home Modifications for the Elderly

Home Modifications for the Elderly

Allowing your elderly family member to age in place requires modifications to their home. Hidden hazards in the home, that are often overlooked when eyesight is better and getting around isn’t as difficult, can put seniors at greater risk of injury. However, a few inexpensive, do-it-yourself home modifications can make a huge difference and make getting around a lot less challenging.

Comfort and safety are of the utmost importance for seniors planning to age at home. Whether they are receiving geriatric care or are still comfortable being on their own without assistance, simple changes around the house will result in a senior who is better equipped to age in place.

Home Modification Checklist

Main Living Spaces

  • Rearrange furniture to create clear pathways without clutter
  • Add more lamps behind and around furniture
  • Replace curtains with blinds to let in natural light

Kitchen

  • Move regularly used items to easy-to-reach spaces
  • Use a table for prep space instead of standing by tall countertops
  • Add lighting wherever possible

Bathrooms

  • Install grab bars in and around the shower and toilet
  • Place non-slip pads on tub floors and surfaces that often get wet
  • Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Bedrooms

  • Place additional, easy-to-use lights on each side of the bed
  • Install a bed rail for support getting into and out of bed

Ask questions and pay attention to what your aging loved one mentions as concerns. Watch carefully as they move about the house and take note of what causes them to hesitate or requires extra effort. Use this list, as well as what you see firsthand, as your guide for home modification requirements.