No place like home
The thought of surrendering your home and entering into assisted living facilities is one of life’s most daunting prospects, and that pressure is even greater when forced to make the decision on behalf of a loved one.
Fortunately, thanks to a wider availability of services, that pain-staking task can now often be avoided with people of all ages and disabilities able to stay at home for longer and most importantly, retain their freedom and independence.
As well as enlisting Subee’s services, there’s a number of cost effective and simple ways to modify your home, or that of your loved one, to continue to allow them to ‘age in place’ and at peace.
1.MAKE A PLAN
A good first step is to assess the home room by room, highlighting potential tripping and slip hazards, as well as hard to access areas.
Clear any excess furniture or rugs, making sure there’s clear pathways and plenty of space to walk (or fit a wheelchair) without bumping into anything.
3. LEVEL ENTRY
Try and ensure there’s at least one level entry to the house.
4. LIVE ON ONE LEVEL
If the home is double story, ensure all the essentials are on the first floor, even if that means moving the master bedroom.
5. LET THERE BE LIGHT
Switching to LED bulbs can save countless bulb changes with most LED’s lasting up to 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb.
6. MORE LIGHTS
Install more lights through the home, making sure all areas of the home are brightly lit.
7. PHONE ACCESS
For peace of mind, every room of the house should have a phone on a low surface that is easy to access.
8. REPLACE HANDLES
Round doorknobs can be difficult for aging adults who may have arthritis in their hands and can be troublesome for individuals with disabilities. The easy solution is to swap them out for lever style handles.
9. CHANGE THE TOILET
For anyone with mobility issues, sitting on a regular toilet seat can be painful. A raised toilet seat can make going to the bathroom independently an easier task.
10. EXTERIOR PATHS AND GARDENS
Falls outdoors are often due to uneven surfaces and walkways. As well as leveling off paths, trees and shrubs need to be well maintained and kept off the walkway.
Home really is where the heart is and staying put in a familiar environment can be a big step in promoting long-term health and happiness.
Call Subee to talk about home modification and maintenance services.
Coffs/Grafton (02) 66513 153
Newcastle/Central Coast 1300 654 714