Let’s face it, there comes a time in our lives when we are unable to perform daily tasks without a little assistance. Some may seek aid in assisted living centers, while others turn to their families. Caring for a parent can be both a rewarding experience and a stressful venture. Head into your new living arrangement with a positive attitude and well-prepared home for the arrival of your folks.

Hours: Fri. to Sat. – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Make your parents feel at home with a bedroom of their own. The Dump is an affordable resource for those looking to convert a room into an in-law suite, or to enhance an existing bedroom. With prices 30-70 percent off, you can shop for furniture essentials to include a bed frame and headboard, dresser, and nightstand. Take your parents on the decorating journey to show them that their opinion matters.

Hours: Mon. through Sat. – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It is no secret that seniors are more susceptible to back problems and trouble sleeping. Old and outdated mattresses often contribute to the pains people face when trying to get a good night’s sleep. Purchase a quality mattress that is both firm in support and comfortable in use. Mattress Firm offers a wide selection of mattress brands and styles to fit the needs of your parents. Their delivery service offers in-home set up and complimentary removal of your old mattress set.

Hours: Mon. through Sat. – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sun. – Closed

Once your folks move into your home, they will need to travel around with ease. Doors with fancy knobs may look amazing, but can quickly become an issue with functionality. This can lead to daily complications entering and exiting common areas, making life more stressful for your parents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ranks adjusted door knobs as one of the top safety home improvements for those living with seniors. Head over to East Point Hardware for easy-to-use door knobs for your home. You may discover that usability and aesthetic go hand-in-hand.

The bathroom is one of the most commonly used rooms in the home. Just a few modifications can help lower potential accidents making your bath suite safe and user-friendly for all. Ferguson is a popular showroom that has countless bathroom fixtures and accessories to help accommodate your parents’ needs. Safety grab bars and tub rails are a must, as they provide enhanced support to prevent falling. Place them in the shower and near the commode to make bath experiences more functional. Hand showers are another great essential that your parents can use to make bathing easier.

When preparing your home for your folks, it is extremely important to keep mobility in mind. Does one of your parents require wheelchair accessibility?  Will climbing stairs be too difficult? Atlanta Home Modification provides those caring for the elderly with the necessary tools to make homes more efficient. Install a stair lift in homes with bedrooms on higher floors to prevent any potential issues on staircases. Disability ramps are another living accessory for those with parents in wheelchairs. Take an assessment of your home to decide which areas may require extra assistance for your parents.

Tanvier Lee is a freelance contributor and lifestyle decorating expert to Examiner.com


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