5 Simple Home Adaptations
We all want to stay in our homes for as long as we can, and a couple of small improvements can help us stay independent for longer.
From hand rails to walk-in baths, take a look at these simple home adaptations that could enable you to stay in your own home for longer.
1. Access To Front or Back Doors
If you are having difficulty getting in and out of your house, consider ways that will make it easier for you to access your front or back door. If you find it difficult to climb steps up to your door, a simple handrail could be fitted.
For better visibility when entering or leaving your home, an outdoor light could be fitted that automatically switches on at night. Alternatively, an outdoor light with a motion sensor could be installed to help you get in and out of your house safely after dark.
2. Moving Up and Down Stairs
Depending on your needs, if you are having trouble getting up and down your stairs, it is possible to fit an extra bannister rail or install a stairlift in your home.
If you are considering installing a stairlift, consider what features you might need i.e. the type of seat you want, the controls you may need, or any safety elements you require.
3. Washing or Bathing
Do you have difficulty getting in and out of your bath? If you have problems sitting down or standing up, this loss of mobility can make it challenging to wash or use the toilet.
Electric baths are becoming more popular, as they enable people with low mobility to bathe safely and comfortably. Normally fitted with a seat or platform which supports your weight, an electric bath lift will lower you in and out of your bath using a waterproof controlled handset.
In addition to bathing, sitting down on the toilet can prove particularly challenging as we get older. A commode or handrail can be installed to help make your toilet more accessible.
4. Kitchen Assistance
Preparing food in the kitchen can be potentially dangerous if you have difficulty standing at your kitchen counter. If you struggle to stay stationary or in one position whilst prepping food, consider using a perching stool which will support you when you are standing for prolonged periods of time.
If you find it difficult to grip kitchen utensils, there are a range of tools available to help you:
· For one-handed vegetable peeling, consider spike boards
· For pouring tea, there are kettle tippers
· Wide handed cutlery
· Non-slip table mats
5. Personal Safety
As we grow older, feeling safe and secure becomes increasingly important, especially in our own homes. Personal alarms give you peace of mind that if you were to have an accident, or fall in your home, that you could get help quickly.
Additionally, if you are wary of answering the door to strangers, you could install a door-entry intercom or video entry phone that will allow you to see who is at the door.
If you want to give family, friends or carers access to your home, without having to answer the door yourself, you could also consider installed a key safe at the front door.