When your parent is aging in place, you may have to consider how they can get in and out of the house easier, more safely, and more efficiently. This can be done by considering the many options for doors that are available. While windows can open and close with ease, doors might become an obstacle for a senior that has a wheelchair or walker. Making their lives easier, and allowing them to remain independent as they age is essential. By installing one of these three types of doors, you’re helping them achieve both independence and ease, without having to worry about how they are going to leave the home.
1. Doors with Slow Closing and Auto Locking Features
Doors normally swing shut behind them, when someone walks in. Using a slow closing mechanism, the door slowly closes behind the person, completely latches and never bangs close. This keeps peace, while also ensuring that your parents are completely locking the doors behind them. This is one of the biggest safety devices that you can have, and it is also one that ensures that you’re not over at your home worried about your parents being home alone, without having the door locked.
Another option that can be added to this type of door is the auto-locking feature. By closing the door, or forgetting to lock the door; the door is able to close and lock itself when it has been forgotten. This allows seniors to skip the worry about having someone come into their home while they are not there, or while they are there.
2. Sliding Doors
Sliding doors remove the barrier of having a door that swings in front of the person. This makes it easier while using walking devices because they can slide the door horizontally to get into the home, and then close and lock it behind them. There is no risk of falling because there is generally not a large threshold that they have to step over like you would find in a home with a swinging door.
3. Doors with Easy Step Technology
Doors that have easy step technology help your parents get in and out of their homes with ease, whether they have a walker or a cane. In addition, these steps can be removed and a ramp can be added to easily glide a wheelchair into the home. This helps the parents easily get in, and out of the home while also minimizing the risks of having them fall while they are doing so. The floor area will have non-skid padding on it, including the ramp that helps keep the seniors on the steps and keeps them from falling off of them.
There are many gadgets and technology advancements that have helped seniors throughout the world regain their independence. These doors are just some of them. Pioneer Emergency can provide the first gadget that can help save your parent’s lives if they are ever in danger. A medical alert button can save lives and are a great tool that can keep senior independent. Keeping your parents safe is the first priority you should have when setting up their house for aging in place.