Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.
If you care for an elderly relative, you may want to make a few changes around your home to make things easier for them to retain their mobility throughout the rooms inside. There are several small steps you can take to give your relative big benefits in getting around easier. Here are a few remodeling ideas you can incorporate into your own home to help your relative get around without risk of injury.
Change The Lighting
If your relative has difficulty walking around, increasing the amount of light they have in the rooms they are using can help them tremendously. A brighter area will allow your relative to see where they are stepping, making it easier to keep their footing since they will not be stepping on things in shadowed areas. Have an electrician add extra outlets or install an overhead light in rooms your relative uses regularly. Opt for brighter light bulbs in lamps and add some lighting at lower levels so flooring will be seen in addition to the rest of the room. Install a light over your bathtub to help minimize the risk of falling in an area that is prone to injury. It is a good idea to recommend your relative keep a flashlight in their pocket to help with lighting as they walk around your home as well.
Add A New Bathtub
One area of the home that is the most risky for an elderly person is the bathroom, and more specifically, the bathtub. Needing to lift the legs to get inside can be very difficult for someone with mobility problems. Consider hiring a contractor to remove your existing tub to replace with a senior bathtub. These tubs have an area where your relative can sit down to take a shower. Instead of lifting the legs to get inside, there is a door in the side of the porcelain that swings inward so your relative can walk right in. There is a handheld shower sprayer that allows them to bathe while seated.
Help Avoid Slipping
To help your relative keep their footing while getting around your home, add hand rails along hallways, stairways, near the bed, and in the bathroom. These should be placed at a comfortable height so your relative can grab them if they feel they are not steady on their feet while in the area. Make sure the rails are a contrasting color from your walls so they can be easily seen when needed.
On floors, avoid using area rugs if possible. If you must use one on the bathroom to help collect moisture, put rubber grip tape on the underside of the rug so it does not slide when your relative steps upon it. Rubber grip tape can also be placed along the bathtub floor to help keep your relative from sliding when they use the tub.
To learn more, contact a company like A-Team Electric.