Home improvement tips: Accommodating elderly parents in your family home

By the resi financial blog team, 12 March 2014

Ideas for accommodating elderly parents in your home

There are a number of reasons why your elderly parents could need to move into your family home. One of the most important things to consider is making the property as safe and accommodating as possible for them in order to avoid any unfortunate accidents occurring during their stay with you. 

Reduced mobility

As people age, the degree of motor ability they once had could begin to diminish. Therefore, factoring this into your home renovations and decisions could be a great way of helping them retain a level of comfort and freedom in your home. 

For example, one thing to consider could be the removal of steep steps around your home. Steps leading up to the front door can be replaced with a gradual slope or ramp - which has the double benefit of being installed if someone in your family needs a wheelchair following injury - while interior staircases can be modified with rail platforms that act like a miniature escalator. 

Furthermore, installing rails along hallways, as well as in toilets and showers, could be a great help to those who find extended movement around the home difficult. 

Removing dangerous surfaces

Removing tiles from the floor around your home is another thing to consider when making your home safer for elderly parents. These surfaces tend to become slippery, which can cause complications for older people. 

Replacing tiles in living spaces with carpet is easy and can be done by yourself. Furthermore, in the bathrooms and kitchens, replacing tiles with linoleum offers you just as much variation in pattern and colour - allowing you to retain your home's individual sense of style while making it safer for the elderly in the home. 

These are just some of the basic changes to consider when bringing your parents into your family home in order to keep them comfortable and - more importantly - safe.

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