Posted on December 21, 2016
Your Loved Ones Can’t Refuse a Present from Santa: Get Them On Board with Home Modifications
Of more than 46.2 million elderly people living in the United States, 90 percent wish to remain in their own homes. With this in mind, there is a growing need to address this population’s safety needs and concerns so they may safely do so.
One of the biggest challenges in meeting the needs of the elderly population is getting them to recognize those needs for themselves! From “I’m fine!” to “It was just a little slip,” the aging generation often downplays their need for help in safely navigating their own property. As loved ones and caretakers, it’s up to us to let them know what is available – and affordable – to keep them safely living at home.
5 holiday wish list home-safety products
Have your parents add these to their list “for Santa.” Need help convincing them? See the “why” behind them. They each have their own benefits, but together, they allow your loved ones to keep calling the place they love home!
An essential for accessing raised entries in and around the home. From the stairway that connects the garage to the home, or the front steps that lead to the mailbox, there are raised entries that your loved ones need to access every day.
Why: When loved ones’ grapple with compromised mobility, they still need the freedom to come and go as they please, and carry on with day-to-day living. A vertical platform lift offers independence.
Make daily navigation a breeze with a slip resistant surface. Available to rent or own, wheelchair ramps can be easily installed and fitted to most any entryway.
Why: You don’t have to be wheelchair-bound to benefit from a ramp in the home. Stairs are tricky at any age, and become increasingly so as we age. This is a good safety move in general, especially if they are getting around on their own using a walker or wheelchair. Consider if they fell, whether anyone would know. We all know how popular the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” systems are.
They prevent slips and falls that can be detrimental to the health of our loved ones, young and old. Safety grab bars can be quickly installed by experts into showers and tubs.
Why: They may be feeling well now, and thank goodness! But a quick slip and broken hip or knee can change everything, and these accidents become more dangerous with age.
They provide the convenience and comfort of independent use rather than hazardous staircases. They can be fit to all types of staircases, indoor and out.
Why: If your loved ones want to age at home, he or she should be free to access the entire home, and not just parts of it. What good is an upstairs bedroom when it’s not accessible? Stair lifts offer unparalleled freedom to make use of the entire space.
Why: Finagling doors can be tricky, especially when your hands are full. How convenient is it to walk into a store when you’re pushing a grocery cart, and have the doors just open for you? This solution is all about convenience and ease. This is especially key for loved ones who use walkers and other aids, or perhaps have trouble reaching for doorknobs or locks from a wheelchair. This is also crucial for arthritis and MS sufferers whose hands simply don’t work as they should.
With the help of home modifications and safety solutions, our elderly loved ones can be where they want to be, and you can be sure they’re safe. Remind them of this, and they’re sure to get on board. If not, Santa will take the heat!
Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp offers innovative accessibility products, including the ADA–compliant, patented modular ramp system. On-site estimates are free and installation is generally within days, often within 24 hours.
For more about Amramp’s wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place products and services, or free on-site estimates, please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center at 888-715-7598.
Home is where your parents are, so make sure they’re safe
Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598