In India, family values weigh more than anything else in life, the bond of love and the sense of responsibility makes people stay close to their parents even if they grow up and have their own family. Though, the homes are not perfectly having multigenerational housing design, people make sure that the elderly members get adequate facilities at home.
Here, we bring the five must haves which can make your house a perfect home for your specially-abled elderly family members. They might be wheel chair bound, bed ridden or walking with support due to old age or health reasons like stroke.
Wheelchair way – ramp
When a family member is wheelchair bound because of a health issue, or simply because they are unable to walk because of old age, the first thing that troubles you is while going out of the house or coming back from somewhere is the entryway. It is not always easy for you to get them carried around the house, so the best way is a wheel chair. But, then you have the problem of moving the wheelchair through the steps of the entrance. To, solve this you need to have a housing plan that allows a small wheelchair way (ramp) to the house. If you are buying a house or building one, you can ask for precast homes which have 50s housing plan that suits your family needs.
Elderly parents are like small kids, they need to be taken care of for their wellbeing. The houses that have difficult to move or wheelchair using members in the family should have antiskid floors at specific places of the house, where people usually have a risk of slipping or tripping over. The most common places are the bathrooms. Install antiskid mats and you can even choose antiskid floors in the housing plan, which would prevent the elderly from slipping or their wheelchairs skidding because of poor control. It would prevent the chance of accidents and help them move around the house easily.
Railing support for walk on walls
Wall fittings such as railings are beneficial for old people and people having difficulty in walking without any support. In case you are opting for precast homes, let the home builders know your specialty housing plan, so that they install these features in your house and make life easier for everyone. These support railings can run throughout the house and let the elderly members move around facing less difficulty.
Mini elevator to floors within the house
In case you have a huge house having multiple floors and you hate keeping your family members left bound to the main floor, then installing a mini elevator inside the house would help to a great extent. It would allow the elderly members to avoid the stair and use the elevator instead. The elevator should also be installed with railings for the comfort of them.
Alarms for bed ridden
The most important feature in a specialty housing plan is having alarms near the bed ridden members of the family. In case they are unable to alter you when not feeling alright, all they have to do is press the alarm and seek your help. Heart attacks and strokes occur suddenly and people can’t instantly think about calling someone. With these alarms at hand they can touch it and alert others for immediate medical help. The positions of the alarms must be too close or right at the edge of the bed to let them see it always.