When you have an elderly parent come to live with you in your home, there are often adaptations you will have to make to you house as well as to your day to day life. Changing the way that you live because of someone moving into your home isn’t an easy thing to do, and you can get a lot of advice from places like these to emotionally cope with the pressure. In the meantime, you need to look at the changes you can make to your actual house so that life isn’t a difficulty for your relative to adjust to.
You likely won’t want to make any changes that you cannot use yourself, especially if the move is a palliative one whereby you are caring for a relative in the last months of their life. You also need to look into the possibility of planning permission for things like concrete ramps leading up to the home. So, what other things do you need to think about adapting when you are caring for someone in your own home?
Making the bathrooms easier to use, or even building a new bathroom with elements from Bathroom Takeaway downstairs is a must. Loss of balance and mobility can put using the stairs out of action and make last minute bathroom rushes impossible. Having a wet room that is accessible for a wheelchair as well as a toilet that has handles and a hoist should you need one can make life so much less of a stress. This won’t just help you but also any carers that come into your home to help.
Even if your relative won’t be heading upstairs, installing handrails from room to room downstairs can really make a difference for someone who either has less sight, or has less balance. Handrails in the bathroom or kitchen are also a given and any stairs out of the house, no matter how many, should be covered with a handrail.
Remove Fall Hazards
If your living room and hallway has rugs or runners, you either need to remove them entirely or find non-slip versions. Someone who cannot lift their legs very high may need some help getting through the house and even if they are independent, it just takes catching a toe on the corner of a rug to cause an injury that is potentially devastating.
If you have a downstairs dining room or conservatory, these can be transformed into bedrooms. Often, it’s easier to have an elderly relative staying downstairs as you won’t need to install a stairlift. You need the space for a hospital bed to be installed as well as panic alarms and help buttons.
It’s not the easiest of things to get used to, but the member of your family you are caring for will always be grateful for the changes you make and the effort taken to make life easier all round. Even if they don’t have much long left with you, the smallest effort can make the biggest difference.