We will all get to that point in life when we need the help of others – mainly our children – to take care of us. Our parents go through that same stage in life too. When the time comes for your parents to rely on you for care, there are basically two options to consider. The first is the many great care facilities available across the country. The second option is having them move in with you.
If the latter is what you choose to do so that you can pay closer attention to your elderly parents, then it is time to make some preparation. Some adjustments are needed to make your home ready for elderly parents. Here’s how you can get started.
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The most difficult area of the house to prepare is the bathroom. There are many cases of elderly parents getting injured after falling in the bathroom. It is a naturally slippery area and it is not always easy to make the bathrooms in your house safer.
You can start by adding support handles to certain areas of the bathroom your parents will be using. There are kits that will complete your bathroom in an instant, providing handles around the bathtub and near the shower for better safety.
You also need to consider a better toilet setup. Many home care experts recommend a sturdy toilet seat with armrests, especially those that are elevated for easy access. Don’t just use a clamp-on elevated seat, as this type of toilet seat is not always the strongest. Replace hardware from its mount for better bathroom safety.
An Overbed Table
There is equipment and furniture items that can make life so much easier for you and your elderly parents. One that I recommend investing in is an overbed table, similar to the ones used in hospitals and care facilities. The overbed table will make serving meals easier and give support for books or other materials, even when your parents are lying in bed.
Similar to the elevated toilet seat, you shouldn’t just get any cheap overbed table. The ultimate hospital overbed table from Integrant is a good example of a feature-packed overbed table that will cater to your (and your parents’) needs perfectly. It has a built-in light and a very flexible mechanism for making adjustments.
Parent-Proof the Rest of the House
Last but certainly not least, take the time to parent-proof the rest of the house. It’s very similar to baby-proofing the house but simpler in several ways. You can start by covering sharp edges of tables and adding slip-resistant tape to stairs and other areas.
You can also move frequently used items to lower shelves to provide easy access to them. Of course, you may also want to make further adjustments if your parents will be using mobility products, such as adding a ramp to certain areas of the house and setting up comfortable chairs that are easy to use in the living room.
I understand that you want to provide the best care for your parents. After all, you love them very much and you want them to know that. These simple tips will help transform your house into an environment in which your parents can live safely and happily with you and their grandchildren.