The Challenges of Stairs for Seniors Living Independently

It is common for seniors to want to live independently as long as they are able.  Although it is always worth looking into assisted care facilities, this can often be a problem for a senior’s self-esteem as they feel that their independence is at risk. Seniors would generally prefer to find a way to stay on their own and maintain their independence by making other alterations to their lives. Often this can mean modifying their current homes to allow for any mobility restrictions or moving into a new home that already makes it easier for mobility.  One of the toughest challenges for seniors to overcome in their homes is stairs. Stairs can become a large problem for seniors with mobility restrictions, but can also be the cause of falls, which can be the cause of mobility restrictions.

Available Options for Stair Modifications

It is definitely possible for seniors looking to maintain their independence to make modifications to their homes to help them be able to stay in their homes. These modifications will not just help seniors to feel independent, but can also help them to feel safe. Home modifications have been the solution for seniors for many years, but more technologies and modifications for the home are being introduced all the time. Certain simple modifications can eliminate many in home accidents.

Reorganizing Living Space: Many seniors who live in homes that are difficult to renovate, or who do not have the means to afford renovations may choose to reorganize their homes so that the main floor becomes their main living area to avoid climbing up the stairs.  For this to work, seniors will need living space, a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.  Not all homes are built to accommodate this style of living, so it may not be possible for all seniors to modify in this way.

Renovating: Many seniors choose to renovate their homes by installing a chairlift, stairlift or even elevator. These renovations can be quite costly and not all homes are fit or able to accommodate these changes, but for those homes that are, these options can be great for seniors who are facing mobility issues.

Relocating: For seniors who are living in a home that may be hard to modify, the possibility of moving to a home with less stairs can be an option. There are many homes available that will allow seniors to spread their belongings out throughout one floor.

For many seniors, these options are much more attractive as they prevent them from needing to move to assisted care facilities. Seniors will feel more comfortable and independent in their own homes.