These days, there are a wide range of adaptations available which can help you to get in and out of your home as well as to get around your home with ease. With more products available catering for different needs, it means that the chances of an elderly or disabled person being able to stay in their home for longer are greatly increased, and that their life is made much easier in the process. This article provides a flavour of just some of the options that are available to adapt your home to make it easier to get around.
The product that most people will be familiar with is the stairlift. Quite simply, a stairlift enables somebody who cannot walk up and down stairs easily to get from the bottom of the stairs to the top, and from the top back down to the bottom.
Anyone getting a stairlift installed should first make sure that a full and comprehensive survey is carried out to ensure that they are getting a product that will meet their needs.
There are a wide range of stairlifts available for both straight staircases and curved staircases, with the type needed dependant on both the house that it is going to be put it and on the individual that is going to be using it. A stairlift can be installed and removed quickly and easily, so is an ideal option if a temporary solution is needed to get up and down stairs, perhaps following an operation.
2. Through Floor Lifts
A through floor lift is very similar to the elevator that you might use in a public building such as a shopping centre, hotel or office block, but on a much smaller scale, allowing one person to get from one floor to the next. It is often an option if a person’s staircase is too narrow to accommodate a stair lift, although whether or not one can be installed depends on whether or not there is enough space in the house. Through floor lifts are generally installed in the lounge of the user, and will take the user up to the bedroom. Users can either stand in the lift or sit in a wheelchair, depending on their needs.
3. Wheelchair Lifts
Steplifts are available for outside your home as well as inside to enable wheelchair users to easily navigate steps.
These have a ramp leading into them, so you can simply wheel your wheelchair into the lift, let the lift raise you up however many steps you need to ascend, and then you can just wheel out and into your home.
Modular access ramps allow people to easily get in and out of their property, as well as around their property. They can be installed quickly and easily, and can also be removed quickly and easily if they are no longer needed, with the pieces slotted together like a giant meccanno set. The external ramps are made of metal whereas the internal ramps are made of plastic.
Whereas concrete ramps are more or less a permanent structure which takes a comparatively long time to build, these ramps can be installed in a day and taken out when no longer needed.
Whilst it might sound simple, some well placed handrails or railings can make all the difference for elderly and disabled people, giving them something to hold on to and steady themselves as they go in and out of their home or around their home.
Ranging from just one step to a flight of steps, these steps are usually paired with handrails to make it easier and safer for elderly or disabled people to get in and out of their home.
They can be installed where there were never previously any steps if the drop has become too high, or can go on top of existing steps that might be uneven, too narrow, too high or slippery.
An added benefit is that they aren’t an inconvenience for able bodied people such as other family members or friends, and in fact probably make it easier for them to access your home as well!
There are a range of hoists, slings and bathlifts available that can help people get in and out of bed, the bath or a chair. These can be attached to the ceiling or could be mobile hoists, depending on your needs.
8. The StairSteady
Just to prove that there really is something for everyone, the StairSteady is for people who struggle to walk up the stairs unaided, but do not need a stairlift or a through floor lift in order to get from one floor of their home to the other.
This is a high quality handrail that goes from the top to the bottom of your stairs with a supporting rail coming off it. The supporting rail slides when pushed but locks when weight is applied, allowing you to support yourself as you go up and downstairs.
We hope that this article has given you a flavour of just some of the options available to you. Just because you cannot get around the house as easily as you once could does not mean that you now have to leave the house that you have lived in for many years. If you’re struggling in your home but don’t want to leave then give us a call and speak to a friendly and experienced member of our team on 01427 787532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what options are available to you to help you stay at home and to live a more comfortable and easy life.