If someone in your house has fallen ill, injured themselves or come to a point where they can no longer get around as they once did, then it is a good idea for you to do everything that you can to create a safe living environment for them. The home should be a safe and comfortable space; unfortunately, this may not be true in some cases. Here are some ways you can help your loved one to get about their day easier and without unnecessary complications or preventable accidents.
Install handrails around the house
Spend some time paying attention to the areas in your home where they have a hard time getting up, keeping their balance or otherwise moving around. These areas may be able to have handrails installed so they can grab on to them for extra help. Some common areas to put the handrails generally include next to the toilet, on the wall next to their bed and along long halls where they may tire.
Apply non-slip texturing to slippery floors
Applying a non-slip texture to kitchen and bathroom floors can really help to reduce the risk of your loved one slipping when these floors get water on them. You can buy a liquid solution that you can apply to the flooring with a mop yourself. When it dries, it will give you a clear texture that has a roughness to it.
Putting a walk-in tub in the bathroom will allow your loved one to be able to bathe without needing to climb over the sides of the tub and having to scoot down to ground level. They can walk right into the tub by opening the door in the side of it and sitting on a seat that's high enough for them to remain comfortable and safer during their bath.
Hire personal care services
Your loved one may have a hard time taking care of themselves each day, and neglecting their hygiene and daily needs can lead to the progression of serious health problems and an increased chance of injury. Hiring personal care services will ensure their basic needs are being well-cared for. These services can help with everything from bathing and grooming to housekeeping, cooking and even rides to the doctors.
Implementing the changes suggested here will help you to create a safer space for your family member so you know they are in a space that meets their needs better.