Owners' Blog

Meaningful Modifications to Make Your Home More Accessible for Your Parent

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

There may come a time in your caregiver journey with your senior when you determine it would be best for them to transition into living in your home with you. There can be many reasons behind this decision. Your parent may wish to save money by not paying for a separate home, they may be dealing with physical limitations, they may no longer be able to take care of a home, or they may simply want to be closer to you and to your family. Whatever the reason, if you've decided to transition your senior into living in your home with you and your family, it's important to make sure your home is as accessible and safe as possible for them. A few simple meaningful modifications can address issues and hazards, make the space safer and easier to use, and promote a more independent lifestyle for your parent.

Some meaningful modifications you can make to your home to make it more accessible for your senior when they transition to live with you include:

  • Ensure all rooms of the house are properly lit so a senior with low vision or other similar challenges can see as clearly and effectively as possible. This not only helps to reduce fall risk, but can also improve quality of life and independence as well.
  • Install grab bars and handrails anywhere your parent may need support, balance, and leverage. This can include the porch, steps, the bathroom, or anywhere the floor may be uneven, such as at a sunken living room.
  • Consider removing cabinets from the bathroom and having a pedestal sink or a vanity with an open space instead. Add a bench or chair so your parent is able to sit comfortably while handling personal care tasks, and can get closer to the sink or mirror.
  • Make the bathroom safer for your parent by replacing the showerhead with a handheld version, adding a shower bench, and replacing a conventional toilet with an ADA-approved raised version.

If your aging parent has developed new challenges and symptoms, or you simply feel they would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly care provider can step in to fill care gaps, support an independent and fulfilling lifestyle, and help your senior stay as safe and healthy as possible throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has an elderly home care services provider in the home with them can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind, and confidence. With this type of care, you know your parent is in good hands both when you are with them, and when you are not.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care in Marietta, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.