Home Modifications for Senior Citizens

Adapting living space for seniors is a great way for them to stay in their homes longer, allowing them to be more independent and making living easier regardless of their physical restrictions. Seeing that today is National Senior Citizens Day, what better time to consider some modifications for the home to make it more compatible for senior living? Most older Americans prefer to live at home for as long as they can, so let’s take a look and see what alterations you can make to create a more livable home for elders.

Wide Door Openings

Widening door openings is a great modification for those using wheelchairs or walkers. It allows for a much more comfortable passageway, making accessibility easier for seniors since they won’t have to worry about trying to squeeze through door frames!

Door Handles

Door knobs require more effort to turn than a simple levered handle. Installing them around the home makes opening doors much easier for the elderly and allows them to access more rooms.

Pivot Doors

In some door frames you can eliminate the handle completely by installing a pivot door. These are ideal for wide door frames as they can be opened inwards or outwards with just a little push! Minimal effort is required and for those with walkers and wheelchairs so the hassle of pulling a door open is no longer a concern.

Hand railings

Fixing hand railings around the home is another great way to provide security and accessibility for seniors. The hazards that stairways, bathrooms and showers present could all be eliminated by installing these safety features, making tasks easier to perform in these locations and reducing potential risks.

Chair Lifts

A major trouble for the elderly is accessing the stairs. The perfect solution to this is a chair or wheelchair lift. A lift will allow the elderly to sit or push their wheelchair onto a platform, press a button, and in a short amount of time be taken up or down the stairs. This eliminates the physical effort required to use the stairs and is a great deal safer!

Ramps

Another great modification that will allow seniors more access is ramps. Installing ramps in the front and back of the house will give wheelchair users the ability to get in and out of the house significantly easier. This will allow them to get outside more and make entering or exiting a lot less stressful!

This post provided by Global Lift Corp., a manufacturer of swimming pool lifts for aquatic access. 

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