Today we are continuing the discussion about how to choose a home or make your home "aging friendly". In the last post, we talked about the overall floor plan and the hallways.
Today we will talk about the Entry.
- Each "aging friendly" home should have at least one accessible no-step entry with a cover.
- The entry should be well lit and the front-door lock should be clearly visible. Sensor light works best at exterior. The Entry should be wide enough to allow a person with a walker or wheelchair to get in easily. Non-slip flooring in foyer goes without saying.
- To ensure the safety and privacy of the residents, there should be an entry door sidelight or a peep hole viewer. Some seniors might need wheel chairs later on, so having a high as well as low peep home is best.
- Make sure that the doorbell in accessible location. This is important not just for seniors. It is important for people with kids too.
- It will be a bonus if there is a surface to place packages on when opening door. It could be as simple as a chair placed near the entry. Sure you can place package on the floor, but it might not be very convenient for some seniors to bend all the way down to keep and pick up the packages.
Did I miss anything? Post a comment and let us know your thoughts on this topic.
Posted by Shilpa Vir at 6:08:11 PM, EST