First and foremost...Medicare never covers home modifications, such as ramps or widened doors for improving wheelchair access. Though your doctor may suggest that home modifications may help due to your medical condition, Medicare does not include coverage for them under its durable medical equipment (DME) benefit.
As aging occurs reflexes diminish and health problems make us prone to emergencies. Making a home environment safe is essential to our well elderly loved ones peace of mind.
A few simple adjustments
can make a huge difference. Make sure that there are clear paths
through each room. Move furniture out of the way to create such
paths. Be aware of small area or throw rugs that could cause falls
or slips. Remove such rugs or make sure they are secured with
double-sided tape or a non-slip backing.
Home Safety for Seniors and Disabled
The following easy, low or no cost home safety modification tips can help make a home safer for elderly loved one:
Home Access Modification Ideas
Home access modifications can be as simple as adding grab bars or may entail extensive structural alterations including replacing a stairway, adding stair lifts, having a wheelchair ramp, or removing a bathtub and replacing it with a walk-in-shower.
Home improvements, modifications, and repairs can help older adults maintain their independence and prevent accidents. Work can range from simple changes, like replacing doorknobs with pull handles, to major structural projects such as installing a wheelchair ramp.
Home Safety Tips
simple solution to improve home safety for seniors, eliminating
potentially dangerous situations, is to use separate medicine
cabinets if more than one person living in the home is taking
medication. This practice will avoid accidental medication mix-ups
and confusion. If an elder is able to access their own
medications, make sure a step or stool isnít needed to reach the
Finally, work out an emergency escape plan in case of fire. Included in your plan should be a review of all doors and windows. Replace knobs with handles on any hard to open doors and remove all interior door locks so that in case of an emergency all doors can be opened easily. Windows should be easy to open. You may want to review your plan with your local fire department to be certain nothing is omitted.
If you think these safety techniques seem unnecessary, consider these facts:
your home a safe haven for yourself or preparing a home for aging
loved ones can be a stressful task. Donít try to do it alone. If
possible, involve other family members to help, and seek help from
qualified home care professionals to help ease the burden.
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