The key to aging in place is in setting up your home to be safe and functional, and that includes in the garage. There are many garage upgrades that can prevent accidents like slips and falls for seniors living at home. Improving your lighting, removing clutter, and installing a safe garage door and automatic opener are some of the things you can do to live comfortably and independently at home.
Garages tend to be shadowy, poorly-lit spaces with few light sources. Poor lighting can lead to slips and falls if you can't see where you're going. You can fix this problem by installing new light fixtures and by allowing more daylight into your garage.
- Hire an electrician to install overhead lighting
- Wash the windows in the garage to allow as much daylight as possible into the garage
Don't want to hire an electrician but would like to have more light fixtures in your garage? Hang one or more workshop lights from the ceiling and plug them into outlets.
On a side note - if you're planning to install a new garage door or a new garage door opener, work with your garage door contractor to install a door with windows and a garage door opener that features a bright light. At Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City, we encourage you to ask us about our aluminum glass garage door models, which feature wide panels of glass to illuminate your garage.
For a senior with failing eyesight or trouble with balance, clutter can be a tripping hazard. Sort through the clutter in your garage. Get rid of anything that you haven't used in two or more years, whether that's seasonal clothing or holiday decorations. Cleaning out the garage can be a long project, so get started as soon as possible. Get help from family members, if help is needed during the lifting and sorting part of this project.
Replace Garage Door and Opener
Older garage doors lack features that make them secure and easy to use. Replace your old garage door if you currently have a hard time maintaining or using the door you have. If you're considering a garage door opener upgrade, ask about these features:
- Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to open and close your garage with your smartphone
- Bright overhead light for better visibility in the garage
- Belt drive for quiet closing and opening
- New security and safety features to ensure your new garage door is safe
Make Garage Upgrades with Overhead Door Company
Make your life easier now and as you age in place. Work with a garage door dealer and installer with a reputation for excellence and quality, durable products. Contact Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to make an appointment to discuss your garage upgrade.