Modifying the Home for an Aging Loved One

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It’s important for many seniors to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. If your elderly loved one wishes to maintain independence and mobility at home, there are a few modifications that can be made to protect his or her safety. Your loved one should feel confident navigating the property and have the right resources available for physical support. 


Adjustable Showerheads 

Many seniors prefer to sit as they shower for extra stability that allows them to remain safe as they bathe. Install adjustable showerheads to give your loved one easy access to the water and prevent him or her from having to stand up multiple times. A shower stool or chair should also be provided, along with nearby grab bars that can help your loved one sit and stand. Additional grab bars should also be installed next to toilets in all the bathrooms. 

Seniors sometimes need occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, and other basic household tasks. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Reston Assisting Hands Home Care can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.


Ramps for Wheelchairs or Walkers 

If your loved one uses a wheelchair or walker regularly, ramps are crucial items to install at various points of entry to ensure he or she can easily maintain mobility. Similarly, some doors may need to be widened to accommodate a wheelchair that may not fit through typical doorframes. 

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional in-home care seniors can trust and rely on.


Easy-to-Access Bathroom 

Seniors who want to maintain their independence often have needs that are continuously changing as they age. It’s important to make sure your loved one has easy access to a bathroom, which will prevent frequent use of the stairs or passing other hazardous objects that could increase the risk of a fall. If your loved one lives with you, make sure the bathroom is attached or directly next to his or her room. If you live in a two-story house, there should be an easily accessible bathroom on each floor. 

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. Reston families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place. Assisting Hands Home Care can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at (703) 783-5758 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.