With many Boomers entering retirement age, it’s never been more important to add safety features for seniors into your home – especially since many seniors are opting to stay put in their houses, rather than moving to an assisted care facility. To make sure your loved ones are safe at home, consider adding these 5 safety enhancing features.
1. Hand Rails
Hand rails are generally installed on stairs and in longer hallways to assist with mobility and to reduce the chance of a fall. These types of safety measures are generally quick and inexpensive to install.
Wheelchair ramps are helpful for homes that have stairs leading to the front door or have smaller levels within the home – usually a sunken living room or a few stairs that lead to the kitchen or another room in the house. Adding a wheelchair ramp adds mobility and allows a person to move around to different rooms more freely while decreasing the risk of an accident.
3. Motion Detector Lighting
Lighting beside the bed and in rooms that aren’t frequently utilized can often cause problems when light switches aren’t directly inside the room. Motion detector lighting simplifies that process by having lights turn on automatically when motion in a room is detected.
4. Bathroom Grab Bars
Bathrooms can quickly turn into a safety issue because of the fact that water can be slippery, as can showers and bathtubs. Many people will install rubber bath mats to help with stability, but bathroom grab bars are also helpful in reducing falls.
5. Non-skid Flooring
Wooden floors as well as linoleum and tile floors in kitchens can become very slippery – especially after being cleaned or polished. Non-skid flooring decreases the likelihood of a fall by making floors more traction friendly with either non-skid tile or a slip-resistant matte finish for existing floors.
At Handyman Matters, we know safety is the utmost importance for your family. That’s why we’ll even provide a complimentary home safety inspection to alert you to any potential safety issues and solutions on how to remedy them. Call us today to set up an appointment or a consultation at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code above to find a location near you!