Q. My parents want to stay in their home of 50 years, but I am concerned about their safety. Wouldn’t they be better off in an assisted-living community?
Not necessarily. They probably are very comfortable in their home. They are familiar with the community. They have friends here.
Of course, their home should be evaluated for safety hazards. Is there clutter that they might trip over? Are there throw rugs that pose a safety hazard? Are there railings wherever there are stairs? Seeing to these issues will go a long way in the safety department.
There are modifications that can be made to the home that will make it more comfortable for them. Getting a walker or wheelchair through doorways can be difficult, but there are offset hinges that will provide a few more inches of clearance. Adding grab bars and a non-slip surface in the shower will increase your parents’ safety in the bathroom.