we age, even a house that has been a home for decades
can become an obstacle course or pose unexpected
suggests these modifications for your home:
Make sure lighting is adequate on exterior pathways,
porches and doorways.
Improve lighting on stairs, such as with night lights or
installing overhead fixtures or wall sconces.
Add lighting to closets.
Use halogen bulbs to reduce glare.
Full-spectrum bulbs better simulate daylight.
During the day, open curtains, shades and blinds for
plenty of natural light.
Consider placing automatic, light-sensor night lights in
rooms and hallways.
Install glow-in-the-dark light switches.
Keep magnifying glasses handy throughout the house
wherever you might need one, such as in the kitchen,
bathroom, living room and bedroom.
Adequate kitchen lighting includes over the sink, stove
and other work areas. Be sure you can easily see the
OUT, MOVING ABOUT
Place rolling casters on chairs.
Consider touch-control devices for lights and
Look into installing a walk-in or no-threshold shower
and add a bath seat or bench plus an adjustable
Consider drawers designed to close automatically, and
use adjustable and low rods and shelves in closets and
cabinets. There also are pull-out or pull-down shelves.
Lever-style door handles are easier to operate than
A chair or small table near your entrance door is a
great place to put packages, mail or your purse while
you lock or unlock the door.
Those larger rocker-style light switches are easier to
use than traditional toggle-style switches.
National Association of Home Builders offers these
suggestions if you have a senior temporarily in your
house, such as a visiting older relative:
pathways: Look for obstacles, and look for furniture
that people usually have to maneuver around. Look for
and move any electrical cords that might be in the path
of your visitor. If you find some, consider taping them
to a wall. Keep stairs free of any objects and make sure
the stair railings are secure.
it up: Put nightlights in dark spots that might affect
your guest such as bathrooms, the guest room, nearby
hallways and even the kitchen. Make sure there is a
light source within easy reach of the bed. Your visitor
also needs well-lit outdoor walkways and entrances.
slip up: Make sure the guests shower has a non-slip
floor, non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip
mat. Beware of throw rugs, including bathroom mats.
right seat: Look for chairs and seating in your home
that will best suit your guest. A chair or sofa that is
too soft or too low can make it difficult to stand up
and maintain balance. A chair with arms provides
something to grip while standing up or sitting down. If
you dont have living room or family room seating that
is accommodating, bring a dining room chair, preferably
with arms, into the room.