Many retirees are opting for downsizing. This means moving out of a big house and into a smaller home or apartment. There are some retirees that are moving back in with their children. That is a terrific way to keep families together. If you’re thinking about moving your parents in with you, then you’ll need to make some adjustments regarding safety. Here are some suggestions for how to make your home safe for seniors:
Secure the Rugs
Rugs on the floor are something you probably don’t even think about until it is time to vacuum them. But they could become a potential tripping hazard for someone who shuffles more. Make sure the edges of the rugs are properly secured to the floor. In the bathroom and kitchen, you should only use non-slip varieties of rugs. Simple test: Try moving the rug with your foot. If you can’t, then it is safe.
Add More Light
A pet in a dark hallway can spell trouble. You can’t always keep your pets from plopping down wherever they want but you can add light. Instead of attempting to rewire lighting and adding switches, you can put motion sensor lights along the baseboard. These will be bright enough to light the way along the hallway. You can also place these lights on stairs.
Railings are a big help for seniors getting up and down stairs. You’ll want to make sure all your railings are firmly in place and don’t shake when leaned on. If you don’t have railings on a front or back porch, now is the time to add them.
Not only should pathways throughout the house be well lit, but they should also be clear of clutter. You’ll want to break the kids’ habit of dropping things as they cross through the house. More importantly, you’ll want to remove any unnecessary furniture or other items that could get in the way.
If you’re moving your parents into a guest room, then you’ll want to make them feel welcome by clearing out the clutter in those closets. All of this decluttering could create a huge amount of things to get rid of. That’s when you hire Junk King Seattle. It will only take a single appointment with these junk hauling pros to remove all your unwanted items. Best of all, you won’t have to lift a finger to get it done. Junk King does all the work. Get your home safe for seniors by getting rid of the clutter today. Junk King Seattle makes it happen.