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Home for Elderly

Home repair and maintenance is a never ending task that will need to be carried out well into everyone’s retirement years. But as you may know as you get older it becomes a lot harder to do the things you used to do and carrying out home repairs can be a major obstacle for many elderly people.

Safety Features for the Elderly

There are numerous home repair how to guides out there but when it comes to elderly people safety needs to be a priority. The home needs to be a safe place for people at every age of their life. The house you have when you are 30 is not going to be the house you need when you are 70, no matter if you want to or not there are some home repairs that will need to be made.

Are you undertaking a home repair? How to succeed when doing a home repair to an elderly person’s home is to create a warm and easily accessible. Elderly people generally feel the cold more and will be more comfortable in a warmer house. If a total insulation makeover is out of the question, perhaps consider closing off sections of the house to keep the heat in. This can be done through the installation of pocket or sliding doors, these keep the heat in and are easy to open and close. They can also be installed by most do it yourselfers.

Bathrooms: A Safety Hazard

The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places for elderly people, the combination of water and slippery tiled floors makes it a hive for falls and injuries. If you are undertaking home repair for elderly people or even planning a future remodel you may want to consider including some safety features.

Opting for non-slip tiles or applying adhesive grip to the pre-existing ones can help reduce the chance of falling over. Installing grip rails, either in the shower or leading to the shower will provide an extra bit of stability when getting up from the toilet and into the shower and they can even double as towel rails.

Although you probably haven’t thought about it before, a detachable showerhead can also be very beneficial for elderly people. It allows incredible flexibility, especially in later years when a shower chair may be required.

Walkways and Gardens

Weathered walkways are also a huge safety hazard for elderly, as their ability to balance decreases. If you are helping with a home repair it is a good idea to look at unstable stairs, concrete or tiles that are jutting out and can cause trips of falls. Remove any overgrown weeds or vines and make sure all of the outdoor furniture is secure and is not likely to move around.

Financial Insecurities

DIY home improvements are not only physically impossible for many elderly, but some will struggle financially to improve their homes. Many elderly people will have been living in their homes for decades which can lead to a lot of wear and tear on the house. These homes will be in need of minor electrical and plumbing repairs, window, gutter and replacements and leaky roof repairs - many of which they cannot afford.

If you are an elderly person you need to wary of home renovation and repair scams as there are many out there. Be especially cautious of people who come to your home offering cheap labour and materials for repairs, if they seem too good to be true - they often are. You could end up with ongoing problems caused by shoddy workmanship, cheap materials and unfinished jobs. It is always a good idea to seek another person’s advice and if you can’t afford a professional why not ask a family member, friend or even a neighbour.

As you grow older your home needs to grow with you. Continually repairing and improving your home may help save your health and finances in your future.