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Aging in Place  /  March 23, 2017

Aging-In- Place: Safety Tips for Kitchens and Bathrooms

As your loved ones age, their strength and flexibility tend to deteriorate. True enough, simple tasks can become more difficult and taxing when they reach their golden years. For instance, loss of muscular strength can make opening doors or windows more challenging. Bending down to pick up a dropped object or reaching up to a high cabinet can be painful. Kitchens and bathrooms suddenly become hazardous areas when a senior family member develops mobility issues.

Safety Tips

Fortunately, there are a few modifications that can keep your loved ones safe at home. Handyman Connection® of Rockville offers the following aging-in-place tips:

For the Kitchen

  • Use Slip-Resistant Flooring – Pay attention to slip ratings when purchasing new flooring materials. Be sure to use slip-resistant floors in high-risk areas, such as your kitchen entryway and cooking area.
  • Adjust Sink Height or Location – It’s important that your kitchen suits the needs of your senior family members. Adding a roll-under sink, for instance, can be particularly helpful for those who are wheelchair bound.
  • Add Right Cabinet Pulls – “D”-shaped pulls or handles make it easier for senior family members to open and close cabinets easily.

For the Bathroom

  • Install Grab Bars – These items can prevent falls and help people maintain their balance when showering or using the toilet. Grab bars are available in a wide range of styles and colors, allowing them to blend well with any bathroom design.

Upgrading your kitchen and bathroom with these ideas can help your loved ones live independently in your home. Seek help from our experienced crew at Handyman Connection of Rockville to ensure the success of your projects. We’re always ready to transform your home into a more convenient and functional one. Call us or complete our form today to get started.

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