My parents, like many other seniors, were adamant that they wanted to live in their own home as long as possible. If you have older parents, you’ve probably had, are having or will have this very conversation.
In order to make my parents’ wish a reality (at the time), my very handy husband jumped into action. He installed handicap grab bars in the bathroom shower, tub and by the toilet. More grab bars were installed by their front and back doors which each had a deep step. Throw rugs were removed. Night-lights installed.
Check, check, check!
I thought we had covered everything to make their home safe until I read about Vancouver’s a new policy to replace doorknobs with levers. It never dawned on me that the traditional doorknob could cause accessibility issues. Add one more thing to the home safety checklist for seniors.
P.S. The photo above was taken during my last visit to my parent’s house. It was sold after my mother passed away and my father moved to assisted living. My dad misses things about his old house but he’s doing great. And, by the way, his assisted living community has levers instead of doorknobs.