Getting a home ready for seniors is a lot like getting a home ready for a toddler. There are a lot of potential hazards for both groups that might not be obvious. The best approach to take is to inspect those areas in the home with a “worst case scenario” perspective. Whatever the worst thing you can imagine happening, try to stop it from happening. Consider these tips to senior proof your home:
For the Bathroom
Water and floors are a bad combination. Anytime you run a shower or bath you run the risk of a slip. That is why the tub and the floors need to have non-slip mats. It also helps to have grip bars to assist getting in and out of the tub.
For the Living Room
Living rooms will often be filled with a lot of tables, chairs, ottomans and cords. These all need to be reevaluated. Is there a clear path from one room to the next? What about from the TV to the sofa? Any piece of furniture that is low to the ground could become a tripping hazard. The same can be said for throw rugs that aren’t properly secured to the floor. Although it might seem convenient to run electric cords under the rug, those can actually be another potential tripping hazard.
It is also important to replace any piece of furniture that is wobbly. Remember, getting up and down from a sofa and chair requires strong armrests. You should always inspect those for any damage.
For the Hallways and Stairs
The pathways around the entire house also need to be inspected for any lose rugs, cords or other potential tripping hazards. This is the time to get rid of all the clutter from stacks of magazines to unused furniture. A call to Junk King Monterey can help with this task. A junk removal session with this company will be staffed by two strong and friendly movers. This is the team that is going to do all the heavy lifting for you. That includes carrying anything down from upstairs. That is going to make a huge difference around the house. If you want to senior proof your home, then you’ll want to hire Junk King Monterey today.