By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer
- Floor/area keeping as
clutter-free as possible. Use shelves to store
items, and place things which are used most on the
bottom for easy-access. If parking the car inside,
be sure that there is plenty of clearance on all
sides to ensure safety when getting in and out of
it, as well as when walking around it to get to
something. Work benches should be kept clean, with
any sharp or flammable items stored in their proper
place, inside a safe container.
- Door use an electric garage
door opener with remote control and wall switch.
- Stairs have the entire stairwell brightly lit, and
clearly mark where stairs begin and end, either with
brightly-colored tape or with directional lighting that
can be concentrated at the exact points where stairs
begin and end. Make sure that stairwells have banisters
running the full length on both sides.
- Hallways/corridors be sure that light switches are
large and easy to reach and at the appropriate height.
Install support bars, if needed, throughout the length
of the corridor.
- Doors mark thresholds with a strip of
brightly-colored tape or paint. Use standard lever
- Alarms use a personal emergency response system which
has a cordless alarm that can be worn around the wrist
or neck. For a home alarm system, select a very simple
model that connects to a telephone assistance service
and uses a remote control or a swipe card to activate
- Windows install windows which slide open and shut, or
use windows that pivot and have lever-type handles for
- Vacuum cleaner get a model thatís lightweight,
easy-to-manage, and has an automatic cord-rewind. Be
sure it has a three-pin electric plug with a ring handle
for easy plugging and unplugging.
- Washing machine/dryer select top loading machines. Get
models that have touch-sensitive control panels, or
controls with large knobs.