Guest Blog: Tips for Creating a Safe and Stylish Home for Seniors

by Jenny Zhu
As people age, comfort and safety within the home become increasingly important. Many seniors are of the opinion that one of the most alienating aspects of moving to a facility or renovating an existing home to make it ‘senior safe’ is the loss of personal touches, often rendering the living environment dull and impersonal. Making a senior’s living space attractive with the right combination of textiles can contribute significantly to an increased sense of well-being.

Older adult at home age in place

There are a number of ideas that can be implemented to make a home safer for a senior while still being stylish. Examples of this includes stepless entries to make access easier and safer and lighting along a hallway to provide a clear path to the bathroom. By conducting some research and subsequently making use of carefully sought-out textiles throughout the home you can create a space that is not only practical but visually appealing as well.
What Textiles To Use In A Senior’s Home
Senior citizens have very specific needs in terms of home textiles. It is important to steer clear of prints that resemble those typically found in hospital and other care facilities. A set of brightly-colored curtains that allows for natural light to seep through is bound to uplift any senior’s spirit substantially more than a dull pair reminiscent of a clinical hospital room.

Ava Diamond Quilt Set by Lush Decor

The Importance Of Good Quality Bed Linens
Getting a good night’s sleep is of vital importance especially to older individuals with your bedding playing a larger role in the quality of your sleep. It is important to make sure that the sheets on the bed are both durable and comfortable. This may cost more initially but will end up saving you money in the long run. Silk sheets may look nice and feel nice but they are simply not practical for an elderly person. Not only will they not last long but they can pose a safety hazards as it is easy to slide around on them, which can cause serious falls.
Higher thread counts and durable fabrics will eliminate frequent replacement due to wear and tear. If you still want to add a luxurious touch, opt for a few satin scatter cushions instead while keeping the sheets a more practical fabric.

Sydney Furniture Protector by Lush Decor

What About Furniture Protectors?
As we grow older we are more prone to leaks and spills that can damage our furniture. Older adults often suffer from incontinence and the chances of furniture being soiled are high even if incontinence briefs are worn. It is no small task to deep-clean couches and mattresses, and odors can get stuck deep inside unwashable cushions.
A variety of water-proof mattress and furniture protectors are available that will significantly reduce damage to the furniture. Due to the fact that incontinence is such a sensitive subject, many seniors may feel embarrassed to have protective covers on their beds and seating. Luckily there is a large variety of beautiful and easy-to-wash fabric protectors available that can easily be placed over the waterproof covers, adding an extra layer of visually-appealing protection to the mix.
With all the gorgeous home textiles available there is absolutely no reason why a senior’s home cannot be safe, comfortable and stylish at the same time. Our appreciation for lovely things do not diminish as we age, nor should our yearning for them be disregarded.  With some careful planning and a little bit of creative flair, it is very simple to enjoy your golden years in a beautiful home in which safety is also a top priority.

About the Author:

Jane SandwoodJane Sandwood is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and well-being in their everyday life. And when she isn't writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a good book, at the gym or just spending quality time with her family.

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