Home Improvements for the Elderly and Disabled


Home Improvements for the Elderly and Disabled

Whether elderly or disabled, there are many conditions and circumstances that can render many of life's day to day activities extremely difficult. Arthritis can cause severe pain when certain joints are stressed, many common tasks, such as  using stairs, can often become near impossible for sufferers.

To this end, here are a number of ways you can improve your home to better adapt to these needs. Whether its through installing a Stannah home lift, making space, better storage options or simply making everything more accessible, there is always something that can be done to make things a little easier.

Home Lifts

Whether you are wheelchair bound, or just can't use the stairs, you may need an alternative method to move between floors. If the stairs are too challenging, then a home lift can provide a more suitable answer.

Put simply, a homelift is just a compact lift. Some models are big enough to hold a wheelchair, whilst some are even smaller. To this end, regardless of your circumstances, you can easily find a lift to match your needs. These devices work like a lift, but with no major structural work to your home; meaning you can move between floors without any excessive bending or straining of the body on your part. This provides a quick, yet painless method of moving around the house, vastly increasing your independence and mobility.

 Making Space

Even with a walking aid, be it a walking stick, wheelchair or mobility scooter, walking may often require more space than you might think. Whilst moving around is not a problem for younger people, being disabled or elderly often means you need a bit more space.

This is especially true for the likes of a wheelchair, where you often have to take the chairs dimensions into account. Because of this, you need to make sure all your corridors and rooms have an open central space. Avoid over cluttering rooms, since this only makes navigating them all the more difficult.

Furthermore, bear in mind where your want to go. If you have chairs and sofas, for instance, you need space to get in and out of these. This can often make the likes of coffee tables disadvantageous when space is limited, so look to removing these optional pieces of furniture if you need to create more floor space.

Accessible Storage

Finally, if you have problems moving, you most likely have similar difficulties stretching or reaching objects. As such, you should look at the way you store items, looking to readdress this where possible. For instance, you should avoid overtly high or low storage options, such as overhead cabinets. These require a lot of straining to reach, something that can often be painful and dangerous for older or disabled people. Instead, focus on using arm length storage where possible, as this is the most easy to reach.

In summary, these are some of the basic methods of adapting a home to make it more suitable, but they do ensure a home that is much more welcoming. With added mobility and independence, these techniques can make any building friendlier for disabled and elderly citizens.

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