If you live with an elderly relative, or if a member of your household requires assistance with their mobility, make sure that your home has been made comfortable for them. This means ensuring that the correct adaptations have been made to help them get around the house with ease. Without these adjustments, the person might be limited to certain areas of the house; worse still, they might get injured trying to move around. It is important that these adaptations have been made so that the individual can still have independence at home. Here are a few steps you can take to make a home more accessible and comfortable for those who need it.
Stairlifts are helpful for getting people up and down the stairs safely, especially if they’re in a wheelchair or if the stairway is quite steep. There is also the option to have wheelchair elevators installed in your home, which allow access to virtually anywhere in your house. These might make good alternatives if the stairway can’t accommodate a stairlift.
2. Support Bars
Having support bars placed in the bathroom is good for helping people lift themselves on and off the toilet. It’s good to have these installed in your home, as it allows for an individual to go to the bathroom independently. In the bathroom, you might also want to consider how you can alter your shower or bath to make it easier for them to use. Shower seats are available, and walk-in showers might also be a sensible choice where possible.
If the entryways to your home are not step-free, you might want to have some support bars or railings installed outside, too. For those who require the use of a wheelchair, ramps might have to be built. You can have cement ramps made for you, but if you would prefer not to do this, removable wooden ramps can be constructed.
It could be the case that you or a family member require the use of a specialist bed, similar to that used in a hospital. They are equipped to get people in and out of bed more comfortably and can be adjusted to encourage more restful sleep. Due to the additional functions, these beds can take up more space, so you might have to convert a larger room into a bedroom if needs be.
Whether you have to make these adaptations for yourself or someone else in the household, it’s important you make the kitchen safe to use. Lowering kitchen counters might be a necessary adjustment in order to prepare food safely and reduce the risk of injury.
Adaptations to homes need to be made for a number of reasons, and everyone should feel comfortable and independent in their own living space. Each specific situation will require its own adjustments to the home, so it’s always worth getting some professional advice before you start having this type of work done to your home.