If you or a loved one has a disability, it may be time to make some changes to your home. Eventually, we all struggle to get around, and a disease, disability, surgery, or accident can make it almost impossible to do everyday tasks.
It’s not uncommon to find that your ageing parents need to come and live with you as an alternative to a home. Obviously, your main priority will be ensuring that they feel safe and secure. Your loved ones won’t want to feel like they’re an annoyance or burden to you. No one wants to feel like they need to be taken care of, but some modifications to your home can make a massive difference to their sense of independence and ability to get around.
One of the first places you’ll need to think about modifying? Your bathroom. These are often an accident waiting to happen, with lots of slippery and hard surfaces- leading to potentially severe injuries. Basic tasks that we take for granted like using the toilet or getting in and out of the tub and shower can be a dangerous experience for someone with a disability.
Before your loved one moves in, install plenty of grab bars in your bathroom. These can easily be installed yourself, and many have incredibly strong suction cups so you can literally put them anywhere.
Live in a home with multiple stories? If you don’t have a spare bedroom downstairs, you may need to get a stairlift. A stairlift can help ensure your family member can easily get up and down stairs unassisted, so you never need to worry about them being home alone and they can retain their independence.
There are a variety of different stair lifts available, and you’ll need to choose between a straight and curved lift, depending on your stairs. While straight stairlifts can only move vertically, curved stair lifts will wind right around any landings, curves, and bends in your staircase. There are also a number of different features to choose from for your stairlift, including foldable seats, armrests, swivel seats, and footplates, along with footrest sensors, safety controls, seatbelts, and braking systems, depending on what your loved one needs to be safe and secure.
If you have a step or two leading to the entrance of your home, you may need to get a threshold ramp. These don’t need to be built onto your home and can instead be moved away when not in use.