Design Ideas Senior Care

Improve Accessibility and Visitability with Threshold Ramps

Accessibility is the ability of the person in the household to move about (e.g. through doorways, down stairs) or do daily household chores (e.g. make dinner, do laundry). Visitability is achieved when someone is visiting your home and through some modifications or just forward thinking, they have no problems accessing certain rooms (e.g. bathroom) or moving about. Both of these objectives can be partially achieved through the addition of threshold ramps.

Threshold ramps are generally placed at the point of transition between two rooms, where there is often a currently existing transition strip or a short step-up. These changes in height can prove troublesome and even dangerous (due to trips and falls) for people who have mobility issues.

Installing permanent or temporary threshold ramps at these points in the home can make it much more accessible for the home owner and a much friendly environment to visit for friends and family.

Design Ideas

Smart Plugs and Thermostats for Safety and Comfort

Smart Plug For A Receptacle

Homes contain many potential fire hazards, like a stove that’s left on or space heaters overheating next to some bedding. Installing a few smart plugs or smart outlets to use with these devices can give you peace of mind, even if you live far away. You’ll be able to remotely control and monitor the power to those plugs or outlets via your smartphone and check in anytime to see if there are any potential dangers. As well, you can schedule when these devices turn on to ensure that areas are well lit when required, to avoid slips and falls in the home.

Google Nest Smart Thermostat

Many modern thermostats now include WiFi-enabled controls and intelligent scheduling. As a caregiver, you could remotely access the thermostat to set the temperature on a schedule, turn up the heat ahead of a major storm, or turn on the air conditioner during a heat wave. If your older adult has limited mobility, a smart thermostat can allow them to easily control the temperature from their smartphone or tablet instead of having to get up.