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How to Modify Your Home When Your Elderly Loved One Moves In

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Modifying the Home for Seniors in Newcastle, NSW

When an older adult can no longer age in place comfortably, one of the best options is to move in with a family member. Before you help your ageing loved one move in with you, consider making the following modifications to your home to make it more senior-friendly. 

Install Safety Rails 

Your loved one is at a greater risk for fall-related injuries after moving into a new home. Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of falls by being proactive. Install handrails near wet areas of the home, like the bathtub and shower, so your loved one always has a way to remain steady. Consider installing a handrail by the staircase as well. Tighten up the bolts so the rail does not come loose when your loved one needs its support the most.

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Automate Security Features 

For seniors with memory loss, it can take some time to get used to a new routine. Whether your loved one forgets to lock the door or turn on the lights at night, you can eliminate these common issues. Choose a security system that allows you to control features from your smartphone. By using an automatic security system, you can easily check and lock the doors anytime your loved one forgets. 

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Change the Placement of Frequently Used Items

You may think nothing of climbing on a ladder to reach a serving bowl for dinner. However, situations such as this could place your parent at risk for a serious injury. Move items to lower shelves your loved one can access without having to climb. If your parent faces difficulty reaching the new storage space, you’ll have to change it again. For instance, you may need to move things slightly higher if your loved one can no longer bend from the waist comfortably. 

Reduce Floor Clutter

Before your parent moves in, you’ll probably need to clear out a room for him or her. As you clean the room, remember to check for items on the floor that could pose a hazard. For instance, you may have too much furniture in the living room that makes it impossible for your loved one to move easily from one place to another. Remove clutter, and be careful to pick up items that fall on the floor throughout the day.

Arrange for Professional In-Home Care

 While most families think about the physical hazards around their house, you must also keep in mind your family’s emotional needs. Your parent may not prefer receiving your help with personal hygiene tasks such as bathing. For these situations, he or she may prefer an in-home carer to step in to provide assistance. In-home care also gives your loved one an opportunity to socialise if you must leave the home regularly for work and other responsibilities. 

Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Newcastle seniors can depend on. Call us at (02) 4089 3000 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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