Aging parents can be a great source of stress for any middle-aged child. At some point, most of us have to make a decision when it comes to elderly parents, and it’s important to work together as a family to decide the best option. One solution is to move aging parents into your own home. While this can be challenging, there are ways to improve the transition to make it a positive and comfortable experience for everyone involved.
When getting ready to move your parents into your home, it’s best to make a check list:
- Make sure the bathroom is safe. Slippery and wet surfaces can be dangerous and slip and fall accidents are one of the most common among the elderly.
- Get rails installed for stairs and look into purchasing a stair lift if necessary. If you live in a two-story home, it may prove difficult for your parents to make trips up and down them daily, especially if that’s where their bedroom will be. If you can’t invest in a stair lift at this time, consider converting a first floor office into a bedroom.
- Know where to purchase needed medical supplies. Having a go-to, one stop shop store in which you can find numerous products and devices that will help keep your parents safe and happy is important, especially since preparing for this transition can be stressful and time-consuming.
Below are a few local Colorado companies that can help with the process of getting your home ready.
Hours: Mon to Fri – By appointment only
Therapy Baths of Colorado can help make bathrooms a safer place for the elderly. The company can help install walk-in or transitional side-entry baths. These baths have easy entry, which reduces the risk of falling and promotes independence. One option is the RMS Superior Residential Bath. These can be built-in or free standing and can be temporarily installed.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Sun closed
Major Medical Supply has seven local showrooms throughout Colorado and provide a multitude of options to help prepare a home for aging parents. The company sells items such as handles for getting in and out of the bathtub or shower, adjustable blanket support, walking aids, and lift chairs and lifting devices. One lift chair option is the Cambridge Lift Chair. This chair has three lift positions, an overstuffed design, and is stain resistant.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat to Sun – Closed
If there are stairs in the home, sturdy railings for staircases are a very important addition, and Majestic Rails Inc. can help get those installed. Here you will find woods available in red oak, beech, poplar, and cherry, among others, so your stairs will be both safe and stylish. Not only can Majestic Rails help you make stairs safer, it can also help design the staircase to fit your style and budget.
Hours: By appointment only
For unique or unusually-placed staircases, Mountain West Stairlifts installs lifts that are especially designed to fit on narrow stairs, and they can go around corners and double bends. These stair lifts are easy to install, are affordable for any budget, and even work in a power outage. Check out the Sofia stair lift. It comes in a variety of colors and can be ordered in leather, woven cloth, or vinyl. All of the stair lifts at Mountain West can be installed in the matter of a couple of hours.
Hours: Mon to Sun – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
If you live in a two-story home and stair lifts are not an option, it might be easier to convert a downstairs office into a bedroom. American Family Warehouse is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and with locations all across the Denver metro area, this store is sure to help you with all of your furniture needs. Here you will find everything you need in one stop: beds, nightstands, armoires, mirrors, rugs, comforters, and accessories. If you are looking for a full bedroom set, check out the 5 piece Naia Bedroom Set that sells for $679. The package includes a queen bed, chest, nightstand, and dresser.
Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver at Examiner.com.