Having an elderly relative living at home can often benefit the whole family. The cost of professional care becomes out of reach for many and, for the senior, living with an extended family can provide continued interest, safety and the best possible care. Admittedly, hosting an elderly family member at home is potentially tense, but with some thought and patient planning, this should not be too disruptive.
Tips for Interior Design of the Elderly
The room you choose for the senior will, ideally, be at ground level to minimize difficult journeys and should, if possible, allow more sleep than sleeping . If it also has a large window with an interesting view, it should make your decision easier. The provision of recreation, bathing, cooking and eating areas will allow the elderly to remain active and relatively independent from the rest of the house – a situation that will probably be suitable for both parties.
Divide these areas of activity (using screens, curtains or furniture) is important for the occupant so that he / she can enjoy the changes of his day and be entertained without having to see private areas.
To design a bedroom or bed for a senior, it is best to put yourself in that person's shoes and think about how to make up for the possible limitations on their lifestyle. You do not want to be too pessimistic, but it is also worthwhile to plan days when the person's abilities could be reduced. Some of the most obvious provisions are:
- A comfortable and easy chair for the occupant of the room and seats for guests.
- Illuminated lighting to help cope with a failing vision. Wall and ceiling mounted luminaires, as well as well-lighted table lamps and floor lamps are appropriate. A bedside switch is useful, as is a low power lamp that can be left on during the night. Do not forget to highlight the changes in the ground level. Also consider placing sockets and switches closer to hand height.
- Heat – Older people generally like (and need) warmer ambient temperatures than younger people. Central heating radiators and open fires must be easily accessible and controlled and properly protected.
- Storage at an easily accessible level and with openings that are not too difficult to use.
- The elimination of all sharpened corners for safety reasons, and the removal of electrical cables that could be knocked over. A smoke detector is another wise precaution.
- In the bathroom, it is a good idea to install support bars around the bathtub and / or shower and possibly a lockable wall cabinet. You could also consider installing a & # 39; engaged & # 39; door sign rather than a lock. Mixer faucets and a temperature controlled electric shower will help to better manage the water temperature.
- Curtains on a string track, operated laterally, to facilitate opening and closing.
- Non-slip flooring and loose coatings securely attached. A suitable carpet of the type that can be easily cleaned is ideal.
The decor of the room in a familiar style (most likely to be traditional) and the integration of existing possessions will help the elderly person to quickly feel at home. Inviting them to make decorating choices will involve them more. Pretty patterns and cheerful colors will do a lot to elevate their mood and adding plants and even a pet will bring life to the room.
In addition, some electric gadgets, such as the remote control for lights and curtains, could well smooth the lives of a senior.