Caring for Your Aging Parents
Doors and Doorknobs
Make the front step long enough for a walker.
- Add railings, and if needed, a ramp for a wheelchair.
- Add a wedge to the threshold to make it easier to get a wheelchair into another room.
- Widen the doorways so that a wheelchair or a walker can pass through.
- Put a thick rubber band around a doorknob so it's easy to grip, or replace the doorknobs with levers that are easy to open.
Install grab bars on every wall (near the toilet, in the shower, etc.).
- Remove the threshold at the shower door so there's nothing to trip over.
Consider turning a room on the first floor into a bedroom.
- Raise the bed up a few inches to make it a little easier for your parent to get in and out of the bed.
Install pull-out drawers inside the cabinets.
- Install a faucet with a lever so there's no knob to twist.