Americans are living longer — the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the average life expectancy was 78 as of 2009. Many older people want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but adjustments are often are needed to allow them to “age in place.” You can make some key changes in your bathroom to make sure it is safe and easily accessible as the years go on. Instructions 1 Remodel the bath/shower area with a walk-in shower or a tub with a seat; some models are accessible for wheelchairs or walkers. Choose a model with a nonskid surface on the floor and the seat. Include a fixed showerhead, plus a handheld shower with an adjustable height, recommends the National Aging in Place Council. 2 Install a senior-friendly toilet. Sometimes called chair-height toilets, these fixtures make it easier to get up and down. 3 Place grab bars in key locations. Install at least one handrail next to the toilet to provide additional leverage when pulling yourself back to a standing position. Include grab bars in the shower/tub area to provide safety while getting in and out inflatable abominable snowman. 4 Lower the bathroom sink to provide easier access. Include knee clearance under the sink for wheelchair users. 5 Enlarge all doors into the bathroom so a senior with a walker or wheelchair can pass through easily. Remove thresholds to eliminate tripping hazards. Source: eHow Contributor| updated October 05, 2011 http://www.ehow.com/how_2141939_remodel-bathroom-safe-seniors.html... continue reading.
Below are just a few of the preventative maintenance services that should be done on a regular basis. The homeowner can also take part in protecting their greatest investment. MONTHLY Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed. Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris. Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda. Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary. Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual inflatable sumo wrestling suits recommends fiberglass filters. EVERY 2 MONTHS Wall Furnace: Clean grills. Range Hood: Clean grease filter. EVERY 3 MONTHS Faucet: Clean aerator. Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed. Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris. EVERY 6 MONTHS Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed. Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on. Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating. Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters. Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners. Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking. Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas. Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed. Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing. EVERY SPRING Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed. Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and... continue reading.