The circle of life continues; we are born into this world and age as time passes. We all go through this, and sooner or later, it will be our time to take care of our children, and later on, our parents, when they get to an age where they are going to need our care and love. One way of showing our love and appreciation for them is by adjusting our home to make it more senior-friendly. This will make them feel more comfortable when they come to visit you. So, I am going to give a few ideas on how to prepare your home for their next visit.
This one is going to be adapted to the type of your house. As you know, falling on rough surfaces is much more dangerous for old people, so you need to do everything that you can to prevent this from happening. Every slippery surface is a potential danger, so try to place rugs wherever you can. For the bathroom, I suggest you find rubber tiles for the floor, as this will prevent them from slipping after using the shower or the bathroom in general. The stairs are the place to which you need to pay attention, and you need to add some material that will prevent the elderly from falling. This is the most dangerous area for them, as a simple fall at their age can be fatal. So, make sure to adjust walking surfaces accordingly to the needs of the elderly.
Replace The Furniture
This is one to think about as it is a sort of investment. So, some furniture is more suitable for elderly people. Low furniture makes standing up and sitting down difficult for the elderly, and this is one reason why you should consider buying higher furniture. Other than this, you can change the mattress in the guest room, as the type of mattress will greatly influence their sleep. The best type of mattress is made from memory foam, as it perfectly adjusts to your body, but if for some reason you don't want to buy this type, the next best choice is a regular but softer mattress. Some people like to sleep on hard surfaces, but keep in mind that you are way younger and that you don't spend as much time in bed as they do. So, either buy a memory foam mattress or a softer one.
Adjust the bathroom
I've spoken about bathrooms in minor detail because I wanted to devote a full part of the text to it. So, the bathroom is considered a risky area for older people because of the dangers of slipping. Tiles and water are not a good combination, and there are things that you can do to adjust it to be more comfortable for your older guests. So, besides adding rubber to the tiles, you can also add grab bars and benches. This will be of great help to them when they are already standing or trying to get up from the toilet seat. While we are speaking of toilets, you can install a bidet. There are a lot of benefits that Japanese toilet seats (bidets) offer. They almost fully replace the need for hand movement, and this is quite helpful for people who have trouble moving and coordinating. Other than that, a bidet is much healthier and even more sanitary than a regular toilet seat.
Modify The Kitchen
Time goes by, and technology changes with each passing year. This is not a problem for you, but it can be for your parents. This is not something that can't be solved, and it is more annoying than it is a problem, but if you want to make them feel at home, consider doing this as well. So, old people tend to be stuck in their times, and new technology comes unnaturally to them, so try replacing everything that you don't need and that is too complicated to use and handle. So, everything should be basic; try to avoid anything digital; even the option of light adjustment should be manual. Aside from that, you can avoid placing necessary items on higher shelves that are difficult to reach. So, items such as salt, pepper, and oil should be in the kitchen cabinet or the on the kitchen table.
Make Them Feel Like Home
This one is not so hard, and it can be accomplished through a few things. You know your parents the best, so it is going to be relatively easy for you to create a comfortable environment for them. Think about what they like and try to incorporate it into your house. Maybe they are fans of art, or they like to paint. Maybe they like music, books, or even movies. You get the point; get them the things that will, in a way, remind them of their youth. It may be as simple as bringing a family photo book from their home to their current location.
The possibilities are endless, and if you do not have an idea, simply ask them. Talk to them, and I am sure they are going to tell you what they would like to have in their current home; even if they don't tell you or if they tell you that things are fine as they are, they will surely appreciate your guest. It all comes down to how long they are going to stay. If they are staying for a longer period, bring more things and create a home-like atmosphere. If they are staying for just a few days, the best thing you can do is spend your time with them.
These are just a few suggestions to help you transform your home from ordinary to senior-friendly. Anything you do is going to show your love and care for your loved ones, so don't worry too much about what they are going to think. Just make sure that everything is as safe as it can be, and that will be more than enough.