Adapting the Home for a Senior’s Needs

More seniors are injured and have debilitating falls in their own home than any other location. Making a few simple changes can increase your loved one’s ability to live at home without serious accidents.

At Sunrise, we are experts in creating living environments that reflect the safety requirements of seniors. Read more about our design philosophy created by Sunrise Senior Living’s style expert partner, HGTV’s Emily Henderson.

Use the Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults to take a safety inventory of your elderly loved one’s living space (which may be your home), looking for areas where you can make small improvements that might help prevent a fall. Many of Emily’s practices throughout Sunrise are easily adaptable to individual residences.

Bathrooms

With its many hard surfaces and opportunities for slippery floors, the bathroom can be a danger zone for an elderly guest or resident. To help create a steady surface in your home bathroom:

  • Install well-anchored grab bars near the tub, shower and toilet
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  • Consider a bath seat with a hand-held showerhead, which allows a person to shower sitting down

Living Areas

Along with the elderly’s mobility needs, also consider their visibility when moving through the home.Living areas should be well lit and allow easy passageway.

  • Keep papers, magazines and books from accumulating on the floor
  • Route electrical cords away from pathways
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Avoid using scatter rugs
  • Install solid handrails on both sides of all stairways

Bedrooms

People spend more time in the bedroom than in any other place in the home, so taking precautions here is particularly important.

  • Place a lamp within easy reach of the bed
  • Use nightlights to illuminate walkways after dark

If you believe the senior in your life may benefit from moving to a specialized home for the elderly that offers additional care and service, our Sunrise Senior Living Blog offers tips on 

initiating the conversation while respecting their dignity.