Safe home environment for elderly citizens
Long term disability of older people is increasing ideally because of their age preventing them to stay independently. The responsibility of caring is a huge one that can often go unrecognized. In order to help them independently and remain safe, the technology solutions will help elder people to maintain and improve the functional capabilities and also to support wide range of people with different needs.
The Equipment’s such as long handle researchers, openers includes some devices that make the task easier to perform. This comes under the home automation system. However, the architectural design of home nowadays was developed focussing on quality of life of the senior resident combining the elegance, comfort and safety to be residential with the style and comfort.
To have an organized approach to every day tasks can help you solve some difficulties of forgetfulness, so that the tasks become more manageable. In designing we must ensure the following things that impact the senior adult’s relationship to their environment – Loss of balance; cognitive impairment; loss of strength; visual impairment; hearing impairment; and increased sensitivity to cold, drafts, and direct sunlight.
There are some guidelines to be followed by the adults in designing, planning and adaptation of homes, who live independently.
The room should be left with sufficient space on both sides of the bed, 200cm on one side, and 85 cm on other side for caregiver. A bed table residing with telephone, alarm clock, books is a good to have. Clocks connected to light or vibrators to put under the pillow, are also available. In particular, there are beds of which only the height can be adjusted. Furthermore, there are beds that are adjustable in parts, allowing neck, back, lower back, thighs and legs to rest in a chosen position
A central dinning place closer to the resident’s room is important for those with the moving difficulties. Tables should be high enough to accommodate wheel chairs and the tables make moving around them would be easier to them.
In order to minimize the risk of life threatening injuries, furniture designed for seniors must be strong. Chairs for dining should have cross support stretchers to prevent the legs from loosen¬ing due to the constant pushing and pulling from residents sitting at and rising from the table. Casters can be added to the front legs to reduce the stress on the structure of the frame and assist the resident when pulling up to the table. For safety reasons, however, casters should be placed on the front legs only.
Most functions in the kitchen take place at the hob, the sink and the preparation place in between the two. A good solution will be four stovetop burners, and a self cleaning oven with front-end controls for safety. Between the hob and the oven there must be a heat-resistant top on which to push hot pans and baking trays. An over-counter micro¬wave is also useful. An adjustable stool and a trolley for transferring things could prove a good solution, when working in the kitchen. A number of electric kitchen tools are available, such as electric potato peelers, electric slicing machines, electric kettles, egg boilers and lemon squeezers. If it is difficult to remember to switch off the electrical machines, different types of automatic switch off devices are available freeing the user. To avoid lifting heavy pans, residents can use a cooking basket when cooking vegetables.
One of the most important spaces to design properly is the bathroom. This room clearly requires the most rigorous workout for residents, who must rotate, stand up, sit down, bend over, and move around. For these reasons, the bathroom is often the most dangerous space in the house. Falls in particular can be devastating, and residents using toilets and showers can easily lose their balance. The majority of seniors are not wheelchair bound, but many may be dependent on a walker, a four-pronged cane, or a wheelchair to get around.
A security and safety alarm for senior residents who live alone could be life saving, where this system is connected via locally or national telephone company and activated by the touch of a button. When activated the alarm call reaches the nearest police station or the local services.
There are some equipment’s to assist you in use of telephone whether the senior have visual impairments, are hard of hearing, need a voice amplifier, or have difficulty in remembering telephone numbers or moving around. Voice operated telephones are connected whether the receiver is lifted off or not enabling the residents to walk around the room while talking.
The equipment’s of pill reminder includes an alarm that will sound at pre programmed times to alert ,sometimes the paging system may also be used as reminders, where the control stations will have the details of personal medication times and sends the message at the relevant times.
The house should be safe from hazards like fire, smoke, and natural disasters, with an up-to-date emergency call system. Eldureluxe is one among the best to provide an overview of equipment which can give the greatest possible safety to the people who are forgetful or risk due to their age providing solution’s to sophisticated devices.
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