By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer
Begin by asking the person with a mobility issue where
theyíre experiencing the most difficulty in the home.
Aside from mobility and safety issues, you can also help
them think about other areas where they may be
experiencing some difficulty, such as how and where
things should be stored, how to clean certain things
around the home, and how to make food and meal
preparation easier for them. After you both have written
some key issues and concerns down, go into every room of
the house and really study each area, going through the
personís daily routine in your mind, and think about
what they do in each of these rooms and what problems
they may encounter. Every little thing, from the alarm
clock in the bedroom to how the food is placed inside
the kitchen cupboards, needs to be taken into
consideration in order to achieve a good level of
comfort, ease and safety.
Dissect the home room-by-room, including corridors and
stairways, with special concentration on the most
crucial areas for safety concerns, like the bathroom,
bedroom, and kitchen:
- Alarm Clock purchase one that has large enough
controls to make it easier to use than one with small
buttons and dials.
- Bed position the bed where it will give the person
enough space to move around it easily. Try and get an
electrically-controlled bed that allows the person to
regulate its height, If desired, you can also add guard
rails that will help support the person when they need
to turn over and keep them from falling out of bed.
- Bedside lighting use a heavy, stable lamp or some form
of wall lighting with illuminated switches. Keep chords
and wires away from where people walk.
- Nightstand use a non-slip or non-skid material on the
bottom or base of items that are needed on the table.
- Rugs to prevent falling, tripping, or slipping, avoid
using area rugs . If these types of rugs are needed or
desired, be sure to attach the rug to the floor so it
wonít slip when under foot, and avoid using rugs which
- Closet place storage items at eye level. Install
concertina-style closet doors which slide and fold,
making opening and closing easier. Fit door(s) with
handles that are comfortable and easy to grip. Arrange
clothes according to how often they are worn.