Modifying your home can be as simple as rearranging some furniture or
putting in a few handrails in strategic locations.
Here are some of our favorite tips!
Don’t leave things hanging
Put pans on a countertop rack instead of hanging them or putting them in a drawer. Store plates, bowls, cups, and other heavy-use items in a single, easily accessible drawer or shelf, not spread around the room. Try to reserve high shelves for things you don’t need often.
Let shelving do the heavy lifting
Use slide-out shelving or a Lazy Susan like this in corner cabinets and refrigerators to make things easier to reach. A wheeled cart like a tea cart or tiered cart can provide extra storage and help move heavy items safely and easily. For example, use it to move a pot from the refrigerator to the cooking range.
For smooth moving, get rid of clutter and make sure electric cords and telephone wires aren’t tripping hazards.
Install skid-free mats
Low-profile, non-skid mats can prevent falls on wet and slippery floors.
Work in a home office?
Use a shorter filing cabinet with two drawers instead of three so you can see them all from wheelchair-sitting height.
Put things away in the same place and don’t allow yourself to get careless.