Simple modifications that can make living at home easier as you age
Without realising it, we all have many items around the house that can be trip hazards, so we want to share with you some simple modifications that can make living at home easier as you age.
The most common issues found in seniors’ homes are trip hazards, a lack of assistive equipment, such as grab bars in bathrooms, and storage that is too high or too low.
When we visit homes, more often than not, these issues are relatively easy and affordable to fix. They could make the difference between staying safe at home, or a trip to the emergency room.
Five changes you can make now:
- remove loose throw rugs
- tighten or install safety rails
- replace appliances that have fraying or damaged electrical cords
- have grab bars installed in the shower and near the toilet to make getting around easier and safer, and
- put rubber mats in the bathtub to prevent slipping.
We believe it is critical for families and seniors to invest the time in identifying the necessary home safety solutions, maintenance and modifications to prevent any incidents or accidents.
How we can help
If something needs fixing, replacing or installing, we help coordinate and supervise home maintenance and modification jobs. We will be there with you to ensure the installation is fitted correctly and you’re happy with the outcome.
Our education booklet, Making Home Safer for Seniors, is a free booklet detailing the simple modifications for a safer home.
In the guide, we provide practical solutions to help safeguard seniors’ health and independence at home. We share a range of ideas for creating a more comfortable and practical home environment to ensure you can continue living a safe and independent lifestyle.
For more information or to request a copy call our national office on 07 3703 3100.