5 Ways to Make Your Cleveland Home Senior AccessibleTuesday, December 3, 2019
Cleveland is known for its beautiful, classic homes.
That’s another way to say they are old and not senior friendly!
Cleveland has some of the most beautiful homes in the country. From the old “Millionaires’ Row” homes on Euclid Avenue to the beautiful neighborhoods in the Shaker Heights area, there are magnificent residences from the East Side to the West Side. But, as many seniors know, nostalgic beauty and convenience don’t always go hand in hand, and that’s why some simple modifications can make a huge difference. Sometimes they don’t cost you a dime, and many can be done without assistance from a professional! At McGregor PACE, our goal is to keep you in your home for as long as possible, so here are five ways to make your Cleveland home senior accessible!
Clean it up.
This one is the easiest of them all. Get rid of the clutter. If you are making your home wheelchair-friendly or getting ready to put a bed in a first-floor bedroom, you might need to clean out some clutter. Seniors that have been living in their home for decades might have collected a knick-knack or two along the way. Getting rid of some of the things that are taking up space in your home is the first step towards making your home more accessible.
Light it up.
Step two? Let there be light. Seniors often struggle with vision issues, and in dark areas, it is easy to fall or trip over things you can’t see. Stairwells and hallways are particularly tricky to navigate without bright lights, so make sure that you have someone who can assist you with keeping light bulbs changed and add lights in spaces that could benefit from them!
Ramp it up.
This one seems obvious. If you are making a home more wheelchair accessible, it only makes sense to add a wheelchair ramp. Permanent ramps can cost thousands of dollars, but there are temporary solutions to cover stairs that can cost less than $100 each. Check in to options but don’t dismiss a wheelchair ramp due to cost because it might be more affordable than you think!
Cut the cords.
If you have the ability to consolidate the electrical cords in your space, you should do so. Cords are natural obstacles that can make navigating your home tricky when you are walking around, let alone trying to get around with a walker, cane, or wheelchair. Reduce as many cords as you can by using power strips where possible. This is a double safety feature, as reducing the number of cords you are using and working with surge-protected strips can reduce your exposure to fire hazards.
Ride the rails.
Make sure that all of the stairwells in your home and outside your home are equipped with rails. Many narrow stairwells are enclosed by walls, but that is not enough to help you if you lose your step. You should have rails on both sides of the stairs that can be gripped easily by anyone.
Need help? We can help! McGregor PACE has staff and resources ready to help you make your home or your family member’s Cleveland home more accessible for seniors because we want you to be able to stay in your familiar space for as long as possible. Contact us today and see how we can help make that happen!