Adapting Your Home For Mobility Issues

Mobility issues can happen to anyone at any age or level of mobility, and it may mean you need to rethink how accessible your home would be for you or your loved ones if someone in your household were to become temporarily or permanently less mobile than they presently are.

Accessibility for people with mobility issues can be a major problem in public spaces, but you can make changes in your home to ensure that your home remains comfortable for anyone with mobility issues, or for seniors to be able to age in place in their own homes once they retire.

We have a look at a few alterations you can make.

Smart Home Alterations

Smart home products are not just for those who must have the latest technology, as they can be very helpful to those who have issues with dexterity, vision, or hearing. 

Voice-activated devices can make it easier to perform simple household tasks without needing to fumble over buttons or controls, for example turning on lights in a room, or robot vacuums to keep the floors clean, or smart doorbells to allow you to see who’s visiting.

Bathroom Changes

Bathrooms can become a hazard for people with mobility issues, but there are many ways to improve the space. Disabled baths and showers can be made step-free for easier access and to reduce the risk of trips and falls. Bars and seats can help to keep balance and remain steady.

We all regularly bathe or shower, it is one of the most natural things in the world, and an important part of anyone’s self-care routine. It means that it is important for people with mobility issues to be able to bathe safely, minimising any risks of falls or injuries.

It’s also essential that people can get to them in case of emergency. Modifying your bathroom will ensure they have as much independence as possible while remaining safe in their home. People feel so much better when they can bathe safely at home. It means they are able to bathe much more regularly, and it lifts the anxiety from their shoulders.

Kitchen Changes

The kitchen can be another area where accidents are more likely to happen. Making changes so that the room is brighter, both with artificial and natural light can make it easier for people to use even if their eyesight is poor. Putting pots, pans and cooking tools where they are easy to reach instead of hidden in the back of drawers and cabinets can reduce the need to stretch and bend while searching for them.

Kitchen counters can be made lower and with space to roll a wheelchair underneath, and the layout of the kitchen can be adjusted to ensure there is adequate room to move around safely.

Making adjustments around the home can also lift the stress for family members who are no longer worried about their parents’ independence.

If you are interested in finding out more information call us on 01491 411041 or explore our website.

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