Tips for Preventing Age-Related Falls at Home

There’s no question about it: Aging can be a mixed blessing — especially if you’re not prepared for it! Although aging does bring with it some advantages — the most notable one being wisdom — a certain amount of physical decline is inevitable.

Staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle are two ways to slow down the aging process, but there’s another key element many people overlook when planning for their retirement years: eliminating tripping and slipping hazards in the home. Whether you’re concerned about your own wellbeing or that of aging parents, here are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury from accidental falls.

  • Install or secure stair railings: While most homes are equipped with stair railings, they may eventually become loose, wobbly, or even detached. Making sure that all stairways have easy-to-reach, securely fastened railings can make life at home safer for everyone.
  • Stair safety tips: Slippery stairs (indoors and out) may need to have adhesive safety strips applied to them to help improve traction. If freezing temperatures are ever an issue for you, it’s always helpful to have a small, easy to lift bag of rock salt on hand to melt icy walkways and stairs. Even though you may live in a warmer part of the country, temperatures do occasionally plummet to 32 degrees and below, so no one is immune to cold snaps and occasional freezing conditions in winter –even Floridians! Here’s one cautionary tip that relates to basement stairs: For some reason, perhaps because of inadequate lighting, people (of all ages) sometimes take a tumble when they don’t see the bottom stair. If this ever happens in your home, you may need to either make the lighting brighter and/or apply bright tape or paint to the bottom stair to make it more visible.
  • Reduce slipping hazards in bathrooms: Bathtub and shower floor surfaces can get pretty slippery when soap, shampoo, and water are added, so the use of non-slip rubber mats or safety appliques can help prevent potentially dangerous falls. Installing grab bars in showers and bathtub areas can make life easier and safer for aging residents or visitors in your home, too.
  • Remove clutter from floors and stairs: This objective can be more challenging when you have children who leave toys, books, balls, clothes, spilled liquids, food, and other miscellaneous things on the floor. However, when you have seniors trying to safely navigate their way around the house, keeping clutter and spills to a bare minimum is essential. That also holds true for minimizing tripping risks from cable wires, extension cords, and throw rugs.

If you’re considering remodeling all or part of your home to accommodate either your needs or those of aging relatives, many experienced contractors and remodelers are well versed in products and strategies for making a home more senior friendly or handicapped accessible.

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Must Have Upscale Patio Upgrades For Your Home

In the warm weather months is there anything better than enjoying your backyard with friends and family? If placing a bid on a home that is almost perfect but lacking an up to par backyard create room in your budget to design the space into a place worth coming home to. Create a complete experience for guests and become everybody’s favorite host with these four must-have upscale upgrades for your home.

Landscaping may not seem like it would be the most important aspect of creating a luxe patio experience however it is what completes the area. Properly designed landscaping brings the different zones of your backyard together into one cohesive space. When you’re ready to begin seeking out a company to design your home’s landscaping look for those with plenty of experience working on luxury homes and have examples of work that align with your style preferences.

Most landscaping companies also offer hardscaping services as well. Create a one of a kind patio with unique stone pattern designs that flow with the landscaping of your yard. Add visual interest and style with raised flower beds, stone walls, and walkways. A well-versed expert will know how to take your lifestyle and typical gathering size into account to create the perfect design for you.

A must for any host is an outdoor cooking area. Go beyond the typical grill and patio table set up for a full kitchen setup with an island for guest seating. This another area of expertise for an experienced landscape designer and an extension of your hardscaping design. Many will also have appliances on offer for you to choose from as a part of your package. Create a seamless outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, full sink and plenty of counter space for food prep. Another popular edition is a small fridge to keep necessities at hand eliminating the need to trek back to the kitchen.

Create a private pool area to relax and enjoy without being in full view from your neighbor’s kitchen window. A current favorite luxe option for many homeowners at the moment is installing a natural stone waterfall. This features benefits are twofold – it can create both visual and noise privacy. Another option with dual benefits is adding tall shrubs and/or trees. These can allow for visual privacy and create shade for hot, sunny days.   

Investing the time and resources into developing a one of a kind backyard and patio will bring you years of vacation-worthy relaxation and a welcoming space to entertain friends and family. Look for a landscaping contractor with the skill and know-how to create a stunning, well-designed space. Many also offer maintenance services to keep your gorgeous new landscaping well maintained.

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