I remember the days at my grandparents house it really was some of the best times of my life. They always made sure their home was adapted for me whatever age and stage I was at.
They would always have my favourite treats in and take me for days out that I will never forget. I am forever thankful for the memories I have with them and at their home which they still live in now. Every time I visit it’s like going back in time and re living the memories with my little ones.
Now the years have passed and as my grandparents get older I see the roles reversing. When they visit me I like to make sure the house is as comfortable as possible and that I have their favourite treats etc in too. After all the years of them looking after me and taking time out to make sure my life was special I think it’s the least I can do.
There are many ways that you can make your home conformable for elderly visitors. I have come up with five ideas to help if you are looking to do the same.
Stairways can be one of the dangerous areas especially for the elderly. It would be a good idea to install some railings/banister on he stairs for them to hold on to while coming down the stairs . At the moment we have no banister on one side of the stairway so this is a priority for us not just for elderly visitors but also for the children. These can easily be installed yourself or you can get someone in to do this.
The bathroom needs to be one of the most accessible places so that guests can take a shower etc in comfort. I really want to adapt the bathroom so that we have room for a walk in shower. I think it’s always good to prepare for the future and elderly guests and have a walk in shower in case there were any mobility issues and to ensure it is accessible for all. There are also other things that can be done in the bathroom for example anti skid tiles , non slip bath mats and bath handles.
3- Safe flooring
One way to make the home safer and comfortable for elderly guests would be to have safe flooring. Tiles and wood flooring can be dangerous due to the risk of slipping and tripping over etc. Carpet and non slip mats are one of the safer options.
4- Comfortable beds
Invest in good quality beds and mattresses that will last. Mattresses can also be adapted well these days and at little cost. This can be done by using mattress toppers which can be bought to your choice e.g firm or soft mattress preference. This will stop guests waking up with aches and pains or pulled muscles.
5 – Lighting
Ensure you have adequate lighting as elderly people find it harder to navigate their way around in the dark. It can be simple changes like lamps in the hallways and by the bedside. Also outdoor sensor lights for coming in and out of the house. The battery operated touch lights are also great for around the house.
As you can see there are many ways that your home can be adapted for elderly guests , a lot of these will not cost a fortune or break the bank and it’s also a good investment for the future. Have you had your house adapted at all ? I would love to hear about this in the comments if you have ?