The highlight of the 50plus Expo organized by Council of Third Age (C3A) Singapore from April 1-3 was the "My Life, My Home" exhibition. This video above posted on YouTube by C3A takes viewers on a virtual tour of an age-friendly home.
When you have an elderly parent living with you, safety in the home becomes a paramount concern. Poor vision and limited mobility make the elderly prone to accidents and falls. It's better to take preventive measures than be sorry later.
|Clear passage way for my mom. The floor is free of rugs and clutter.|
We didn't have to spend a bomb on expensive home renovations to reduce the risk of falls. My mother sleeps on a queen-size bed. It gives her more room to turn over on her side without falling off the bed. For a single bed, adding a side rail serves the same purpose. There are two bedside lamps (one broke) and the switches are within easy reach.
|My mother's bathroom cum toilet adapted to her needs.|
|Hand rail all along the stairs and broad steps lessen the risk of falls. It's a good thing my mother has no desire to venture upstairs, at least for now.|
With careful planning and simple adaptations, we can make the home comfortable and safe for our elderly parents, and ourselves too when we reach their age. Housing developers are starting to realize there is a huge demand for age-friendly housing, and are incorporating safety features in the design of such homes.
It's about time.