Morgan Hill Today 2014 06 Summer | Page 23

When Safety Becomes A Concern

By David Domenichini
The top seven safety changes that will most likely require the assistance of a contractor .
Widening Doors As mobility decreases the use of a walker or wheelchair may become necessary . In this case , all entrance doors must be at least 36 inches wide and all interior doors must be at least 32 inches wide . If your doors are not the proper width it will make it difficult and sometimes impossible to maneuver , which makes it necessary to widen doorways .
Flooring Many types of flooring become tripping and falling hazards as mobility decreases . High pile carpets and slippery flooring can increase the risk of slips and falls and should be replaced with flooring that is easier and safer to walk on .
In this day and age , an increasing number of seniors are making the decision to stay in their own homes as they age . Staying at home allows for greater independence but can also lead to a number of complications . There is a variety of
home health care providers who can help deliver companionship and other services but to be truly comfortable and safe in your home it may be necessary to make some physical alterations . As mobility , eyesight , and hearing decline , these alterations can allow you to stay in your home safely and securely . Some changes can be made on your own , like removing area rugs to avoid tripping , but others may require the help of a contractor .
D . R . Domenichini Construction was named Morgan Hill Business of the Year in 2012 and recently voted ( 2014 ) Best Contractor in Morgan Hill by the Morgan Hill Times . The owner David Domenichini , resides in the Morgan Hill area and brings nearly 20 years of experience to his family-owned and operated business . Follow them on Facebook for weekly project updates , hints and tips , giveaways and more . You can also visit their website at www . drdcon . com , or call 408.691.3282 .
Raising Sunken Rooms As eyesight and mobility weaken it may become more difficult to differentiate between levels , which creates a dangerous tripping hazard . Maneuvering between levels with a wheel chair , cane , or walker can be extremely difficult as well , so it is best to raise the sunken room so all the floors are level .
Contrasting Flooring If mobility is not an issue , it is possible to simply change the flooring between the rooms to contrasting colors . If there is any change in height or flooring texture that could result in a slip or trip it is important that you change the flooring to contrasting colors so that it is easier to see the transition .
Grab Bars Another important addition for your home is grab bars . They can assist with balance and standing as well as provide assistance when sitting down . These are mostly found in bathrooms and kitchens but can also be placed around the house where needed if there is sufficient room . Though these can be installed by the homeowner , to insure they are secure and properly installed it is recommended that you get the help of a professional .
Lighting One of the most important changes to make as vision declines is increasing lighting . In some places , it may be possible to simply add lamps but due to limited space it may be necessary to install additional overhead lighting .
Lowering Counters and Cabinets If a wheelchair has become necessary , countertops may be difficult to reach and accessing cabinets and storage may be more problematic . If necessary , counters should be lowered to an appropriate height and the installation of under counter cabinets may be required .
To find a free home safety checklist and more information about changes you can make to create a safe environment for you or an aging loved one visit : makinghomesaferforseniors . com . Additionally , the Morgan Hill Home Instead Senior Care is offering free home safety checks in our local community .
For more information contact Brian Jackson , President of South Bay Senior Solutions Incorporated and the local owner of Home Instead Senior Care Office ( 408 ) 722-9499 , brian . jackson @ homeinstead . com .
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