Making Your Home Elderly Friendly

asia-1807539_960_720There comes a time in most people’s lives where roles do a major reversal and it comes times to take care of one’s parents. This can be a difficult transition as one needs to rearrange their schedule so that there is someone available to provide care. Obviously this will vary depending on the condition of the senior in question but in most cases, there is another aspect that needs to be addressed. And that is the preparation of the home to make it safe and accessible.

One may not know where to start but below we have provided some tips as to what things you should do and what items you may need (you can find many at So check these out and make sure that you don’t forget anything as a lack of some of the items below can mean trouble in the future.

  1. A potty chair is a good idea. Keeping one of these in the bedroom to be used can be a real problem saver as when one ages, the ability to control certain bodily functions can deteriorate. Thus having a potty nearby is a good thing to have.
  2. If the senior needs to have oxygen, then oxygen tanks and an oxygen bag are a must. The oxygen bag allows for relatively easy transport and is something that you would not know you needed until you actually do.
  3. Walkers and support rails are another must. You want the person to be as self-sufficient as possible and that means allowing for mobility. Support rails can be added to hallways and showers so that the elderly person can easily and safely take care of daily activities.
  4. If you live in a two story home, then a stair chair is another good idea. Typically you want the person to be able to have a room on the first floor, but if that isn’t an option, then you never know when you may need move them from floor to floor.