As you get older, you may find that your mobility or balance is not as good as it used to be. Many of us want to retain independence for as long as possible and there are plenty of home adaptations available that can help. Home adaptations make it easier and safer to move around and perform everyday tasks, from bathing to going upstairs.
If you or a loved one has been struggling with their mobility, see below for just three home adaptations that can help the elderly.
Travelling up and down the stairs can become more difficult as you get older, but a stairlift allows users to move comfortably and safely between floors. Stairlifts can be fitted on either curved or straight staircases and many companies offer new, used or rental options. Systems can also be customised to suit narrow or awkwardly shaped staircases.
Many elderly people worry about slipping in the bath or shower but there are many adaptations to help make bathing safer. Mobility bathrooms often include a walk-in bath or shower, plus additional safety equipment like grab rails. Toilets can also be modified to make them more comfortable and non-slip flooring can be added to increase safety.
If you’ve recently begun to use a wheelchair or a walking aid, you may find that doorways are no longer wide enough. Many homes aren’t built with wheelchair space in mind but doorways can be widened to comfortably accommodate a chair or walker. This adaptation can be more costly but you may be able to get a grant from Independence at Home or the Disabled Facilities Grant.
If you’re thinking about investing in a stairlift for your home, get in touch with the experts at Alfix. Based in Leamington Spa, we have over 20 years in the industry and are proud to offer a range of curved and straight stairlifts to suit your requirements. Unsure about which stairlift is right for you? We offer a free consultation service to make sure you choose a system that’s suited to your needs. Visit our website today to find out more or give us a call on 01926 334848.