Continued from Making Home Friendly for the Elderly: Part 1
If the elderly has problems bending his or her knees, you may want to get a raised toilet seat that will clamp on the existing seat. That way, the elderly need not bend the knees too much while trying to sit on the toilet seat, and so make it easier to get up from the toilet seat too.
Also, try to see if you can control the water temperature to a safe level. Most independent shower systems can be programmed. It will avoid scalding the elderly if the water is too hot, or cause them to shiver if the water is too cold.
The kitchen is a very important area for the elderly. You may want to put extra lighting in the kitchen cabinets, and use slide out drawers in cabinets to make it safer for the elderly. You may also want to make sure that the kitchen floor is always dry, or to have soft, natural flooring so that it will make standing less stressful for the foot and the back. If you have a dry and wet kitchen, do consider putting mats at the wet kitchen area so that it will not be slippery for them. Alternatively, put slippers with good rubber soles in the kitchen area so that anyone who walks into the kitchen, including the elderly, will wear it to ensure minimal possibility of slipping and falling in the kitchen area. The kitchen may not only be wet, but it will also be oily when you cook.
You may also install some anti-scald devices in the kitchen. Anti-scald devices are not only meant for homes with children, but also very useful for the elderly. If you have dishwashers, you should elevate it to make it easier for the elderly to reach it. Built in oven may also be heightened so that it is easier for the elderly to reach without having to bend or strain the back.
Many small changes can actually make things safer and easier for the elderly at your home. These additional items does not cost much, but it will go a long way to ensure a better and more comfort living for the elderly. Always ensure that there is sufficient lighting on the property and avoid misplacing furniture or items that may become obstacles that will make the elderly fall accidentally, especially in the dark.