For many, the idea of a multi-generational home is a dream. Not only can elderly parents contribute quite a lot to raising children, but it's nice to have an entire family under the same roof. However, there are some adjustments that need to be made before a home can be deemed fully safe.
1. Install Walk-In Bathtubs
A lot of accidents happen in the tub or shower. A walk-in bathtub means that no one needs to step over the edge of the bathtub and potentially lose their balance. Not only is that great for older people, but it can be great for anyone who is concerned about falling, smaller children, and pets. A walk-in tub conversion is simple and can take the place of both a tub and a shower. Contact a contractor about walk-in bathtubs to learn more.
2. Install Grab Bars
Grab bars should be installed on the walls by the tub and the toilet to make sure that there's a place to grip in case of a sudden fall. Grab bars should be professionally installed, as they need to be installed on studs to make sure that they can take a person's full weight.
3. Install Non-Slip Flooring
Non-slip flooring can be installed inside the bath and shower itself to make sure that no one slips while they're actually in it. Tubs are slippery for anyone, and adding soap to the mix can make it become exceptionally dangerous. Non-slip flooring just sticks onto the existing floor (or stays there through friction alone), making it one of the fastest and simplest types of upgrades available.
4. Install Bright Lighting
The brighter the lights, the better. As people get older, they tend to have more difficulty seeing in low light. Not only should the regular bathroom lights be lit up, but you should also have a lightswitch that will glow in the dark. Consider also installing other night lights throughout the bathroom and in the areas leading up to the bathroom so it's easily visible in the dark. A row of nightlights down a narrow hall also means no one needs to turn on the main lights to get where they're going.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most dangerous areas in any home for the elderly. Slip-and-fall incidents can become quite dangerous for those who are older. But you can prevent accidents and incidents by making changes such as adding mounted grips and walk-in tub conversions.