Thursday, March 15, 2012

Home Safety Modifications For The Physically Limited To Age In Place


It is clear that as individuals age there is a physical limit to things that they can continue doing.  Often they find it hard to give in to the fact that their bodies are aging and along with that their mobility and stability changes.  Simple tasks that they used to take for granted become less tolerable and the difficulties of just daily tasks become overwhelming.  Simple home remodeling can be done in order to keep aging in place seniors safe.  

Handyman services are available in almost any area.  It is not necessary to call in a contractor for most home safety modifications for seniors.  It is however important to find an individual who is licensed and able to do handicap construction.  Individuals will want to find an accessible living solutions company that will come in and access the current home environment and suggest possible pitfalls that need attention.  This will help to ensure that no corner is unturned leaving loved ones safe at home.

The first home safety modification for seniors that is important as they start to lose a bit of their mobility is an easier exit and entrance into the home.  Wheelchair rampinstallation is amongst the most common modification done today.  Most handyman service professionals will come evaluate the exits and entrances and draw up several plan options.  This is important to many seniors who still wish to have a porch that is accessible with both stairs and the wheelchair ramp.  It is important to remember that not only wheelchairs use this access point.  It will be for individuals using canes, walkers and wheelchairs.  Often is eases access to those individuals with severe aliments to their knee joints as well.  

Individuals with special home remodeling needs are a growing population.  Handicap construction is needed for individuals who are aging as well as those with handicap needs or changing needs because of the onset of an illness that limits an individual’s range of motion, stability or mobility.  Major renovations are not always necessary in every home.  Many homes can adapt to the changing needs with a few adjustments. 
Flooring renovations can help mobility a ton.  Hardwood floor remodeling eases the use of wheelchairs and walkers.  Were carpet may prove to resist individuals causing them to exert more effort hardwood flooring lets the vehicles move freely.  For this reason it is also suggested to remove floor rugs and other obstacles that could potentially hang up a wheelchair, scooter or a walker.  

An area that is important to individual with needs other than the norm is the bathroom area.  Bathroom renovations are important to all individuals for this is an area where we all would like privacy. To maintain this desire for individuals who are handicap in anyway bathroom safety modifications are a must.  This can be done with the installation of bathroom safety aides such as raised toilets, grab bars and accessible showers installed that are easy to enter in and out of.  Another change that can be completed is to add baskets full of the things that are used on a daily basis.  Toothbrushes, deodorant, wash clothes and facial shop kept within a safe reach are all helpful to individuals seeking independence.

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