As we grow older, our bodies begin to work against us. The slow us down, and make even the simple tasks seem like climbing a mountain. When you hit a certain age, getting up the stairs becomes a challenge in itself. We all do our best to stay fit and active. But, eventually, you need to make a few adjustments. That’s where home adaptations come in very useful. It’s the little things that make life easier and more manageable.

Keeping active

Keeping active

The following adaptations will help give you your life back. It takes the stress out of your day, and reduces that feeling of exhaustion. Most of all, it allows you to retain a little dignity! Your home should be a place to relax and enjoy yourself. Sometimes, it feels like my home is turning into an obstacle course determined to slow me down! And that’s why I’ve invested in the following upgrades.

Stairlift

The first useful adaptation is the stairlift. You never think the day will come, but eventually the stairs become a mammoth challenge. It starts with just heavy breathing and exhaustion. But, eventually, it becomes incredibly wearing on the knees and joints. Ultimately, it’s a very painful and tiring activity. The risk of injury rises, and that’s certainly not what you want in the home. A purpose-built stairlift will help you make that tricky journey up the stairs with ease.

Ramps 

Many seniors tend to find themselves reliant on a wheelchair for getting around. It suddenly becomes very difficult when you can’t get up the steps into your own house! A simple ramp can take care of that. It’s an easy way to give yourself access to the garden, and the outdoors in general. Seniors need all the fresh air and socialization they can get! Something as simple as a wheelchair ramp helps tremendously.

Mechanical bed 

The elderly suffer all sorts of aches and pains, but perhaps the most difficult to live with is back pain. This is often made worse by an inferior bed. A poor bed puts your back into uncomfortable positions, and can cause long-lasting damage. Simply sitting up to read can become difficult. A mechanical bed will solve that problem by providing an electric recliner. It will move up and down, taking you with it! It makes it much easier to get in and out.

Hoist systems

When mobility starts to disappear completely, you need a series of more drastic measures. In many cases, seniors require getting in and out of the bath or shower. In this situation, I suggest a hoist track system. They’re cleverly hidden from view, but provide support when moving in and out of your bath.

Rails 

I’ll end with a simple but effective home alteration: railings. For most people, a trip or fall is not a big problem. For the elderly, it can cause lasting damage. That’s why a series of rails is a great way to maintain balance throughout the house. Install them in the bathroom, bedroom, and anywhere else you have trouble.

It’s the little things that help give your freedom back! Have you made any adaptations to your home?

 

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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