PREPARING THE HOME ENVIRONMENT

 

PREPARING THE HOME ENVIRONMENT

First of all, making the home environment safe and user-friendly is imperative. Consider the following basics:

♦ Minimize clutter

♦ Provide adequate lighting. Older people need brighter lights

♦ Remove scatter rugs or at least put non-skid pads under them

♦ Remove dangling wires or wires under carpets

♦ Install smoke alarms that work

♦ Remove access furniture

♦ Clear walkways throughout the house

♦ Adjust the height of chairs and bed to allow for easy access

♦ Provide bed, bath and meals on one floor

♦ Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen

♦ Install grab bars near toilet, shower and tub

♦ Provide non-slip mats in tub and shower

♦ Install an elevated toilet seat

♦ Use an elevated bed or adjustable hospital bed to assist the caregiver in lifting

♦ Make a plan for power outages