Senior Friendly Design: The Essentials

Senior Friendly Design

People who brought us to this world and took good care of us when we were little deserve the same in return once they’re no longer able to take care of themselves. Being able to put together a home that’s entirely safe for your ageing loved one is a dream of many. However, not many of us have the necessary funds to do it and some simply don’t know how to. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of essentials of a senior-friendly design, so check it out if you too are looking for the most suitable design.

Think about their weaknesses

As people age, they tend to lose their strength. That’s why a simple task like pressing or turning a knob may all of sudden become a difficult chore. With that in mind, make sure you replace all the knobs in their home with lever-style hardware that are much easier to handle, especially for seniors with arthritis. Installing similar hardware on taps and faucets is also a great idea, not only to make the use of them much easier but also to avoid any potential accidents, such as being unable to turn the tap on or off.

Senior Friendly Design


Next, since more often than not elderly have difficulties moving around, you should make sure that the floors in their home are friendly and safe. That means that you should absolutely get rid of all the slippery surfaces – to prevent any accidental slips and falls – but you also need to make sure that the soft underfoot you implement is stable and secure in place to reduce the chances of your senior loved one tripping over it.

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Sight generally tends to deteriorate with age, so it’s of the utmost importance that the living space of your senior loved one is well-illuminated. Just like in the contemporary aged care communities, make sure that you implement plenty of appropriate lighting solutions and bring in as much natural light as you possibly can. Not only will this help them perform their daily tasks with much more ease, but it will also make their home a safer environment because poorly-lit rooms are the places where bumps, trips and falls happen most commonly.

Senior Friendly Design


Another place you need to pay special attention to is the bathroom. First, make sure that the bathtub is slip-free by adding a non-slip bath mat to the floor of the bathtub and install handrails above the bathtub to make entering it much safer. Next, install a handrail next to the toilet as well, to make sitting down and getting up easier and more convenient. Finally, consider either completely replacing the floor tiles with a non-slip alternative, such as wood, or covering them with non-slip bathroom mats.

Senior Friendly Design


The kitchen will require some remodelling as well. First, make sure that there’s plenty of light in their kitchen to make their cooking efforts much more pleasant and safe. Next, if possible, replace the gas burner or stove with an electric alternative to prevent any life-threatening hazards. The best option would be to install a smart stove that can be programmed to automatically turn off when not in use because your senior loved one can simply forget to do it, which can cause some serious problems.

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No matter if you simply want to make sure that for an ageing senior is safe and comfy in their homes or you are in search for a specialised facility that will be the right fit for them, make sure you do thorough research until you’re completely happy with the result. Basically, you need to make sure that their living environment is completely safe and free of any hidden hazards to enable them to enjoy life to the fullest.


Author Bio

Lillian Connors simply can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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