Making modifications to your home can help the elderly at home be more independent, especially after being discharged from the hospital.
The elderly need an environment where they can move around safely. Modifying your home by removing slippery rugs, installing grab bars, etc. can make your home safer for them, especially after they have returned home from the hospital.
When our loved ones feel safe, they are able to move independently and comfortably. They will also be able to resume their regular routines and activities faster.
To make your home safe, remove potential hazards to prevent accidents and reduce the risks of falling.
Changes could be simple adjustments or lifestyle changes, or more complicated modifications like the addition of fittings or structural changes to your home.
Simple adjustments could include:
More complicated changes include:
An occupational therapist (OT) can help to assess your home, identify potential hazards, and recommend improvements. The OT will assess your home setting, the habits of your care recipient and your resources before making a recommendation.
There are also social service agencies and private organisations that provide home modification services. Use our
E-care Service Locator to compile a list of such organisations.
home safety checklist (PDF) by Changi General Hospital.
If you stay in an HDB flat, you can consider applying for
Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) to modify your home.
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