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Make the home senior friendly

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As advisors’ clients get older and the ailments associated with age creep into people’s daily lives, there are in-home safety issues that need to be addressed. Clients and their adult children can take measures to make sure homes are safe for everyone.

The group Aging Parents and Adult Children Together, together with the American Occupational Therapy Association, has prepared a list of potential problems that can be fixed prior to any injuries happening.

The whole home:

  • Fasten handrails on all stairways.
  • Make sure all areas are well lit and the switches are easy to operate.
  • Telephone should be accessible.
  • Place security locks on doors, and make them easy to operate.
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

The bathroom:

  • When needed, install grab bars for the tub, shower and toilet.
  • Place non-slip surfaces in tub and shower.
  • Set the hot water heater to prevent scalding.
  • Install a night light.

The bedroom:

  • Ensure furniture leaves a clear path to bathroom.
  • Put non-slip backing on rugs.
  • Buy a sturdy bedside table and a nontip lamp.

The kitchen:

  • Make sure frequently used items are within arm’s reach.
  • Place a fire extinguisher within reach of the stove.
  • Create a work area where a person can sit while preparing food.

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