Finding Someone to Install Hardwood Flooring

One of the many challenges of remodeling your home is finding a hardwood flooring installer. While there are many of them out there, the challenge is finding the best ones that will make sure your house is looking the best it can and who won’t make any mistakes and ruin your whole floor. This is tough to do, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your life easier when trying to find a hardwood flooring installer.

The first thing you should do is to check out your local Yellow Pages and Craigslist to find local installers near you. Now, before you do anything else, you should make sure that these installers are trustworthy and have a lot of experience. To do this, you should check out a review site such as Angie’s List or Google the company name to see if anyone left a review on their Google business page. This will help you find only the great installers.

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Making Home Friendly for the Elderly: Part 2

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.

Kitchen

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.

Making Home Friendly for the Elderly: Part 1

There are a lot of senior citizen homes flourishing in the cities, but there are also children who want to take good care of their aged parents. If you have the intention for this, then you may want to modify your property a little to make things more comfortable and safer for the elderly.

Stairs

Even if your elderly parent may seem still healthy and able to move around, it will not be a surprise to find that their knees may be a little too frail to let them move around easily. If your house is a double storey bungalow or triple storey house, you may want to modify a little so that there is a bedroom on the ground floor so that your aged parents need not walk up the stairs daily to get into their room. This will minimize the chance of them hurting their knees or injuring themselves due to accidental falling from the stairs. They may fracture a bone if they fall off the stairs due to the weak bones that they have. The same can be said if you live in a condominium where you hear cases of failing elevators and even worse, in case of a fire, your elderly could fall helpless.

Lighting

As they get older, they may also suffer from vision loss. One way to help them is to install brighter lights, as senior citizens need three times more light than normal to let them see better. There may also be some elderly patients who has a vision problem called age related macular degeneration (AMD) and they may find difficulties doing things that will require their central vision. AMD can cause the loss of central vision, and the elderly may not be able to read, knit or recognize faces. You may need to have equipments that magnify reading materials around the house for the ease of the elderly.

Bathroom

A common injury which sends the elderly to the hospital and bedridden is fractured hips as a result of falling in the bathroom. Place mats in the bathroom so that there will not

be any slippery floors. Also install a grab bar and a seat in the shower so that it will be easier for them to shower. There should also be a hand held shower attachment to make it easier during shower and bath while seated.  There are many types of bathtub and shower seats in the market, and you may find the option of whether the seats have or without a back support, ability to adjust the height, and some seats may also have rubber slip resistant feet.

Coming soon: Making Home Friendly for the Elderly: Part 2

Childproofing Your Home: Part 2

Continued from Childproofing Your Home: Part 1

Kitchen

One of the most injury-prone areas of any property is the kitchen. In most houses, there may already be a playpen where the housewife can put the baby or toddler in while she cooks. However, as the toddler becomes older, confining him in the playpen will be more difficult than ever. Sometimes, your toddler may venture into the kitchen because he had always seen mommy going in there to fix food and drinks. How do you childproof your kitchen?

First of all, keep all your kitchenware away from the edges of counters and tables. Table cloths may be pretty, but you do not want to have these cloths dangling from the tables where your toddler may pull on. If your child pulls the table cloth, things will fall from the table together with the cloth, which may be knives, forks, boiling water, hot soup or anything that you put on the table.

You may also want to make sure that the pot handles are facing towards the back of the stove. Your child may grab the handles when you are not looking, spilling all the contents on him, potentially scalding and burning him in the process.

Also, keep all sauces, herbs and spices out of reach. If your child is old enough to understand, educate your child to identify hazardous materials using some warning stickers and sticking them on the poisonous and hazardous items. These items with warning stickers should serve as a reminder to your child to not touch them or even get near them.

Bathroom

There are a lot of horror stories about children drowning in bathrooms. The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your toddler will not be going into the bathroom without your supervision. Install a toilet lock or latch, and make it a habit to latch the toilet from the outside so that your baby will not sneak in there when you do not notice it.

If you are already potty training your toddler and you give him the freedom to use the toilet, you may want to install toilet locks to keep the lids closed. Toddlers are top heavy, so they may actually lean and fall into the toilet or the bathtub easily. They may also drown very easily, even with just one inch of water.

Some of you might have electrical sockets for hair dryers or shavers. Unplug them to prevent electrocution upon contact with water in the bathroom, and cover the unused electrical points with outlet protectors or safety caps. If you could, install a ground fault circuit interrupter to your electrical points in both the bathroom and the kitchen. These will turn off the electricity if the appliance falls into water.

Hallways and Staircases

Keep your home décor to a minimum or place all decorations on a high table that the child would not be able to reach. Any object that is shiny or colorful will attract their curiosity and cause them to venture out. In large homes like a bungalow, they could easily get lost. Make sure the child is confined to a particular room or placed in a playpen when you are busy doing chores. You could also attach a child-proof gate at the doors to keep them from venturing outside a safe area.

Childproofing Your Home: Part 1

Do you have babies and toddlers at home? If you do and you are taking care of them full time, you probably feel the anxiety of having to look over their every step to make sure that there will not be any unintentional injury at home. In most cases, the injuries could have been prevented. Let’s start childproofing your home.

Living Room

Babies and toddlers are usually crawling around the house when they are learning to move around. Even if they are already learning to walk, they may be no taller than perhaps 2 feet tall. The way they see the world is different from us, and they are full of curiosity.

One of the main things that you should pay attention to is the electrical sockets around the property. Congratulations if all the electrical sockets and telephone points are fixed at 5 feet height. However, it is very likely that you will have the electrical sockets one foot above the ground especially for television and telephone points. These are hazardous, potentially causing electrical shocks to your baby if you are not aware of baby poking his little fingers into the holes of the electrical points.

You may also want to pay more attention to the wiring. Bundle the electrical cords neatly, or have them attached to your walls. In fact, bundle neatly any dangling strings such as those from window blinds, because these can be potential strangulation hazards for your child.

Besides the electrical points and wiring, take note of all things which you have placed at the height below 2 feet which can be accessed easily by your baby. Always put medications and smaller objects away from such a low level, because children have a tendency to put things into their mouth.

Also, you may want to ensure that the main door is closed, or at least something to block the doors so that baby cannot crawl out of the house when you turn your back to get some things done. If you live in a condominium, make sure you affix a child-proof gate at sliding doors that open to the balcony or always make sure the door is closed. Fix grills to the windows to make sure that your toddler will not be climbing out of the windows. Leave nothing to chance!

Come back soon for Childproofing Your Home: Part 2