Secure Your Flooring
Tripping hazards are a common cause of injuries in the elderly. You can help your parent(s) to avoid tripping and falling by securing your flooring. If you have carpeting then you will want to go around and make sure that there aren’t areas of the carpeting that has come loose, you will want to re-tack the edges of your carpet and you will want to make sure the transition zones are smooth.
If you have hard floors then you will want to make sure that any area rugs that are lying around are non-skid, or that they have non-skid pads placed under them. If your elderly parents use a walker or have ambulation impairments you may just want to get rid of the area rugs all together except in areas where they are out of the high traffic zones of the home.
If your parents use wheelchairs then you will need to make your home wheelchair accessible. This will include building a ramp to at least one entry point, widening doorways (in some cases) and setting up a roll-in shower. If you have a little extra money to play with you can also set up remote entry access systems. These systems will provide your parents with a remote control unit that they can push to unlock and open the exterior doors of your home. This is a great option for people with fine motor skill impairments or who have partial paralysis.