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Helping Family to Feel Welcome in Your Home

Posted on November 17, 2014 by kim

Home for the HoildaysThe holidays are upon us and families will soon gather to celebrate lives and times together.  For many of us, this means family and friends of all ages, from 2 to 92, coming into our homes. How welcoming is your home this holiday season?

A welcoming home for the holidays means different things to different people. For some, it’s the tree, the lights and the decorations. For others, it’s the ability to move easily through hallways, a no-step entry that accommodates a stroller, or room to maneuver a wheel chair in the bathroom.

When the whole family gathers, each is in need of a different accommodation. There are some easy steps you can take to make your home more welcoming to all. To start, be sure to clear outdoor pathways of ice, snow and debris to prevent falls and the slipping of strollers, walkers and wheel chairs. It’s also important to provide a no-step entry to the home, so that young and old alike can be welcomed inside without barriers. If you don’t currently have a no-step entry, consider renting a ramp for the day.

Are there younger children in your family? Toys can easily become scattered on the floors and in hallways. This can be dangerous for family members of all ages, so keeping an eye out for clutter in high traffic areas is important. Are the pathways through the home clear?  Removal of the extra furniture would make it easier for them to move about and socialize. If you have family members staying overnight, another easy but important modification is to add additional nightlights in the hallways. This is especially helpful for family members who aren’t familiar with your home’s layout.

From all of us at Whole Home, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. For more tips on making your home safe and welcoming for the whole family, visit www.WholeHomeModifications.com.



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