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Making a Home Senior Friendly
The most important thing you can do to make a home senior friendly is to remove any hazards that might cause a fall. This can involve common sense solutions such as:
- Removing clutter from hallways
- Making sure electrical cords are tucked out of the way
- Using non-slip mats to increase traction wherever possible
- Removing raised thresholds
Minor additions to your home can also improve safety and allow for greater freedom and independence. Consider the following easy adjustments to improve overall safety:
- Install inexpensive wheelchair ramps for those who use a wheelchair, scooter, or walker
- Add lights to any indoor and outdoor pathways
- Install fire and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home
- Place fire extinguishers in strategic locations
- Modify light switches so that they can be activated by clapping
- Install grab bars in the bathroom
Depending on your mobility needs, you may need to make more extensive modifications, especially to your bathroom, but these suggestions are an excellent and inexpensive place to start making your home more senior friendly today!
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