Adapting the home for the elderly
Adapting homes is strictly necessary when older people live in it, and to consider the criteria of accessibility, functionality and safety must possess a suitable environment for this age. The scope of the reforms will depend largely on the characteristics of housing characteristics, as well as the dependence of its inhabitants (people with movement difficulties, disabled, etc.), but this article will give you some recommendations you can be very useful whatever the case.
The furniture and decorative objects are often an important transit for the elderly within the housing problem, often being the main cause of accidents. With this in mind should take the following steps:
• Enhance traffic areas inside the home, pushing heavy furniture or objects that hinder the passage.
• Remove furniture that offer little stability, having wheels or sharp edges.
• Avoid cables on the floor, if necessary should be fixed to the wall.
• Relying on technological resources to help make everyday tasks such as a dependent electrical devices to raise and lower windows, remote control, the intercom, cordless phone, etc.
• Opting for a interpersonal chair , designed especially for people with mobility problems associated with aging furniture. With them our elderly will rise from a simple, almost effortless, as the automatic mechanism of the chair does most of the work, making operation both turning up and then sit down.
• Avoid narrow access doors or limiting the movement on crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. It should be considered a minimum width of 85 cm, optimally 110 cm. To increase the effective space can be placed sliding doors instead of traditional.
Adaptations to the bedroom
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms to consider in reform, since this is where seniors with disabilities spend most of their time. In this sense it is recommended to consider:
• Place a bed hinged to allow changes in position and prevent the total immobility of the person during the day. The height should be considered in light of the wheelchair, to facilitate the transfer.
• The bed should be positioned so that is accessed from both sides and easy handling.
• The bedside tables and shelves should be placed in an accessible way from the bed or a wheelchair.
• Avoid using carpeting in the bedroom, as these increase the likelihood of falling.
• sliding cupboards, they occupy less space and have a greater ease of opening are recommended.
• Entries must enhance natural light during the day, placing delicate shades or curtains that allow its passage. At night it is important to have a good artificial light, enhanced reading.
• Install an emergency buzzer for the dependent person can easily communicate.