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A Safe Haven: Modifying Homes for Our Beloved Seniors in Southwest Fort Worth

Greetings to our wonderful Southwest Fort Worth community!

As the leaves of time turn, ensuring the safety and comfort of our homes becomes ever more paramount, especially for our senior loved ones. Aging in place, the desire to stay in one's home as one grows older, is a hope many of us share. And while our homes are brimming with cherished memories, certain modifications can enhance safety and accessibility.


Helping Ensure A Safe Home for Seniors

Let's embark on a room-by-room journey to ensure every nook and corner of our homes emanates warmth, security, and care.

ENTRANCES AND EXITS:

  • Ramps — If there are stairs leading up to the home, consider installing a ramp for easier access.
  • Non-slip Mats — These are essential to prevent slipping during wet conditions.
  • Improved Lighting — Ensure entrances are well-lit, making nighttime entry safer.

LIVING ROOM:

  • Clear Pathways — Remove any clutter or obstacles that could cause tripping.
  • Sturdy Furniture — Opt for furniture that provides good support and isn't easily tipped over.
  • Secure Rugs — If you have area rugs, ensure they're secured with non-slip pads.

KITCHEN:

  • Easy-to-Reach Cabinets — Use pull-down shelving systems to make higher shelves more accessible.
  • Lever-Handled Faucets — These are easier to operate than traditional knobs.
  • Anti-Scald Devices — Install on faucets to prevent burns from hot water.

BATHROOM:

  • Grab Bars — Vital for stability; install near the toilet and inside the shower or tub.
  • Raised Toilet Seats — Makes sitting down and standing up easier.
  • Walk-In Tubs or Showers — Remove the need to step over high edges.

BEDROOM:

  • Bed Rails — Offer support for getting in and out of bed.
  • Nightlights — Illuminate paths to the bathroom or hallway to prevent tripping in the dark.
  • Clear Floor Space — Ensure there are no loose items or cords that could be a tripping hazard.

GENERAL HOME TIPS:

  • Lighting — Brighten up spaces with additional lamps or brighter bulbs.
  • Stair Safety — Install handrails on both sides of stairs and ensure steps are non-slip.
  • Emergency Numbers — Keep a list of essential contacts in a visible area, preferably with large, readable fonts.

Embracing the Future with More Peace of Mind

Transforming our homes doesn't mean parting with cherished memories; it means weaving in elements of care, safety, and accessibility. As we embrace the golden years, our abodes should echo with laughter, love, and the assurance of security.

If you or a loved one need guidance on adapting homes or seeking professional caregiving assistance, remember, at Right at Home Southwest Fort Worth, our doors and hearts are always open to ensure you live your best life, every day.

Wishing you warmth and safety, Sandra

Sandra Chiles Blog Byline 2023

Sandra Chiles is owner of Right at Home Southwest Fort Worth. Sandra's Right at Home team is proud to provide in-home care to seniors and adults with disabilities who want to live independently with the dignity and respect they deserve. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those we serve. Our caregivers provide clients and their loved ones extraordinary, compassionate care each and every day. Learn more about Right at Home Southwest Fort Worth and how we can help. Contact us online or call (817) 264-6999.

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