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End of Life Care Tips: Must-Have Home Modifications for Seniors

July 20, 2017 by Elizabeth Bartlett

Bench seat for bathtub recommended by end of life care providersThe purpose of home modifications is to alter a living space so that residents can live safely and more independently despite any physical limitations they may have. Seniors, in particular, are often in need of home modifications to make their life at home easier and safer. End of life care providers recommend these home modifications for older adults:

Wider Doorways

Many homes were built with narrow doorways, which can be tough on senior citizens, especially those who depend on a wheelchair, walker, or another type of mobility aid to get around. Although widening doorways can get expensive, it is a must-have home modification for older adults who wish to navigate through their home without any challenges.

Bathroom and Shower Improvements

End of life care aides note that the bathroom can be a particularly dangerous room for seniors. By replacing a traditional bathtub with a walk-in shower or a walk-in tub, older adults will benefit from a safer entry and exit when they shower or bathe. Bathtub chairs, which sit inside of the bathtub, or bathtub transfer benches, which are more affordable than replacing a bathtub or shower, are also options.

Kitchen Changes

Older adults typically spend a great deal of time in their kitchen cooking, eating, entertaining, and relaxing with a hot cup of coffee. End of life care professionals suggest that they move their microwave to a microwave stand, adjust the height of their countertops and cabinetry, and lower their sink so that they do not have any issues with reaching any food or item.

Flooring Adjustments

Seniors who live in a home with old and shaggy carpet are likely to trip and fall. Replacing the old carpet with new carpet that has a shorter nap is a good idea. Older adults with hardwood, tile, or vinyl floors may find them to be too slippery. If this is the case, throw rugs that are securely taped down will easily fix this problem.

Wider doorways, as well as several modifications to a senior’s bathroom, kitchen, and floors, are bound to create a safer home for them to age in place and enjoy the later years of their life.


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