Home Bathroom Assists Is your Home Safe for Older Holiday Guests?

Is your Home Safe for Older Holiday Guests?

Holiday cheer can become a holiday nightmare if you are ill-prepared for the needs of your overnight guests. 

For example, activities that we may take for granted – going up and down stairs, using the toilet, showering, getting in and out of bed, opening doors, etc. - can be difficult for older guests.  The addition of a few simple, temporary items placed strategically throughout your home will ensure a safe and comfortable Christmas for everyone. 

Bathroom

 

 

 

  • Removable Suction Cup Grab Bars on the wall by the tub and toilet.  If you get anything at all for the bathroom, I highly recommend that you get a couple of these.  Instant ‘peace-of-mind’. 

 

 

  • Check the towel bar and soap dish in the shower to make sure they are secure.

 

Bedroom

 

 

 

  • Pathlighter Safety Cane – A special cane that lights the way on stairways and walkways. Perfect for outings on cold winter nights.

 

 

  • Smoke Alarms – Make sure you have them, and make sure they work.  Sometimes you just need new batteries.

 

  • A sturdy chair in the bedroom for dressing.

 

 

  • A telephone in the bedroom that can be reached from the floor in case of a fall.  How about an Amplified Telephone?

 

Indoors/Outdoors

 

  • Door Knob Extenders – Quickly and inexpensively convert regular door knobs into lever action handles.  Arthritis sufferers will thank you.

 

 

  • Non-skid backing on rugs – We don’t carry it, but it’s a good idea to get some.

 

 

  • Water heater thromostat – Set it at 120 degrees F or lower to prevent accidental scalding.

 

  • EZ Access Threshold Ramps – These are the most popular.  Great for wheelchairs and walker users.  Also for high indoor/outdoor entry-way thresholds.

 

  • Light your outside steps and walkways.

 

  • Check your handrails to ensure they are securely fastened.

 

  • Travel Wheelchair – For events that require extra walking, this super lightweight wheelchair folds up and stores in the trunk or closet.

 

You see, it really doesn’t take much to make your home safe and secure for your elderly or special needs guests.  Order today!

Here’s wishing you and all of your guests a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy holiday.

-v

Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton