10 Simple Ideas For One, Multi-Generational Home
Most of us start life depending on our parents to take care of us. But as they age, chances are the roles will reverse. Luckily many simple, quick, affordable – and even stylish and savvy – updates can make homes safer and more enjoyable for you, your family and your parents.
Both kids and older adults have reduced reflexes and balance. Spruce up the look of your home – and avoid tripping hazards – by removing clutter and items you no longer use (especially obstacles in walkways).
2. Safe, Spa-ahh Shower
Showers can be an enjoyable and luxurious part of anyone’s day – if they are safe. While you probably don’t want to renovate the shower, simple additions can make it safer and more enjoyable. Start by adding rubber grips to the bottom of the shower to avoid slick surfaces. Next, take a seat with a comfortable shower chair and enjoy a shower massage with a multi-function hand held showerhead. Products like the Home Care by Moen® shower chair and Hand Held Shower with Innovative Palm Feature are ideal choices at affordable prices to add safety, style and spa enjoyment to the shower.
3. Save Resources, Save Money
Eco-friendly adjustments not only can make you feel good about preserving natural resources for your family – but can help lower energy costs (ideal for tight budgets). Simple steps can include switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, insulating doors and windows or even swapping faucets and showerheads with new water-saving WaterSense-labeled models.
6. Let There Be Light
Did you also know that by age 60 the average person requires 15 times more lighting than when they were 10 years old? Brighten up the home with additional reading lamps in bedrooms and family rooms, under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen, motion-sensor lights near entrances and nightlights in hallways.
7. Safe and Secure
Your home is your safe haven- so make sure it is protected. In the bathroom where slick surfaces can be falling hazards, add functional – yet fashionable – grab bars from Home Care by Moen. And, in case of unforeseen falls or other home accidents, home security systems can give you peace of mind to know that fire-, medical- or emergency-response is available for you and your loved ones at the touch of a button.
8. Flat Flooring
According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause (66%) of all nonfatal home injuries. To help you – or your loved ones – remove throw rugs or ensure that they have a non-slip backing to provide more firm footing.
9. Low-Maintenance Lawns