Many families make improvements in their parents’ homes to help with changes as they age. Bathroom grab bars help prevent falls. Stair rails offer support when walking up and down the stairs. An organized kitchen is ideal if small appliances, food supplies, and kitchen utensils are easy to reach.
What about the rooms you often overlook? While people think of entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms when remodeling, some rooms don’t get as much attention. Don’t overlook these rooms during a reorganization and redesign project.
The Laundry Room
Laundry is a challenging chore for some older adults. If the laundry room is down basement stairs, your parents need to be able to hold the rail while walking down and up the stairs. A laundry bag is easier to carry, but it may still make it hard for your mom or dad to balance on the steps.
It’s helpful to move the laundry room to the main floor. If there’s space in the kitchen or bathroom, it will help them out. You might not be able to move it. If you can’t, a wheeled laundry basket will be easier to move around.
In the laundry room, liquid detergents may seem better, but the jugs can be hard to lift. Look into wall dispensers that have tubes that reach the washing machine. All your parent has to do is push the button to dispense detergent.
The Living Room
The living room is probably a place where your parents spend the bulk of their time. The furniture needs to be placed for socialization. Chairs facing each other makes it easier for conversations with friends and family.
Furnishings should also be placed so that they’re not in the way. If your parent has to quickly rush to an exit or the bathroom, you don’t want them tripping on a chair or table leg. You don’t want them slipping on a decorative rug.
Make sure lamps cover all areas of the room. If the overhead lighting leaves dimly lit areas in a corner, add table lamps. Track lighting also helps as the lights can be directed to point at different areas.
There’s an easier way to make sure your parents have help as they age. Caregivers can handle the trickier tasks that your parents struggle with. If they can’t climb up and down the stairs while holding a laundry basket, hire caregivers to do the laundry.
Caregivers can organize and clean rooms in the home. They can bring in and sort the mail. They’re there for companionship, safe transportation, and household chores. Learn more about caregivers by calling a home care agency.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN HENDERSON, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.