Four Features in Senior Homes to Consider Adding to Your Home before Old Age

Four Features in Senior Homes to Consider Adding to Your Home before Old Age
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    "Senior homes" come in a number of levels depending on the needs and desires of the residents.

    Making a detailed list of what is required helps enormously with making the right decision when the time comes.

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Independent living is for those who no longer want to maintain a home and landscaping and would prefer to be in an atmosphere where someone else has to be responsible for the repairs and housekeeping. It is appreciated to have meals provided as well as such amenities as a pool, spa, fitness center, library, many activities, and the peace of mind of having a call system for medical emergencies.

There are many places are available for those who want a certain amount of independence that they are still able to manage but need a little more assistance.

KITCHEN UPDATES

In the kitchen, you can install sliding shelves in the pantry that pull out easily to view the contents. Built-in lazy susans conveniently hidden in corners, especially in a small kitchen, give an amazing amount of extra space that can be reached by short statured homeowners that are beginning to get a disability such as arthritis or bad knees. Those homeowners are not supposed to climb on any stepladders to reach items that are placed high up in cupboards.

ADD AIDS TO YOUR BATHROOM 

In the bathroom, begin to install sturdy grab rails in the shower or elsewhere on walls to aid in balance and the ability to easily get off the toilet. Those rails are considered to be vitally important by many people as they start to get older and are not as sure footed and nimble as they used to be.

SOCIALIZING

Socializing is extremely important as you age. When you are still in your home, get in the habit of hosting regular meetings of card players, quilt making or knitting groups, or a book club. When you become less mobile, having friends that come to you for friendly discussions and activities will keep you in a much better frame of mind and will help to fight off depression and loneliness.

Accessibility

Need for easier accessibility is one of those things that catch up to you before you know it. As you get older it may be harder to go upstairs or altogether impossible. It may be helpful to put in things such as ramps now. A ramp up to your house or in any uneven areas of your home is a good start and will not only make it easier for an aging body to get up, but easier to bring things into the house on karts. If you have a lot of stairs in your home you may want to consider an electronic lift that rides along next to your stairs.

Before you reach old age it may be a good idea to work these features in your life so you can perhaps stay in your home a little longer before you potentially need more serious care.

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that suggests assisted living in AZ for good elderly care. She usually writes about health.

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