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A carer’s guide to home adaptations  

If you care for someone with mobility issues due to old age or disability, you’ll know that they can experience difficulty doing the little things that most of us take for granted. From getting out of bed in the morning, to taking a shower, to climbing the stairs, people with limited mobility can find themselves having to rely on other people to help them with a variety of everyday tasks. This can have an effect on their sense of identity, their independence and their dignity.  

If you’re looking for ways to help someone to remain in their own home and stay as self-sufficient as possible, read on.  

Adjustable beds and riser recliner chairs 

No matter the state of your health or your age, getting a decent night’s sleep is crucial to one’s wellbeing. It’s also important to be able to relax and socialise in your own home in comfort. All too often though, people with long term health conditions can find themselves struggling to get quality sleep and relying on assistance from others when it comes to getting in and out of beds and armchairs. Profiling care beds and adjustable divan beds are great options for anyone struggling with this. According to Alpine HC, adjustable sleeping surfaces can have a variety of orthopaedic benefits, including improved breathing, blood flow and spinal support. Meanwhile, riser recliner chairs can help users to relax in comfort and move into and out of the seating or reclining position with ease.  

Easy access showers and shower seats 

Being able to stay clean and hygienic is something most of us don’t give much thought to. But if you have a long term health condition or struggle with mobility due to old age, the simple task of having a shower can seem almost impossible without help. If you care for someone who struggles with this, it’s worth considering having a walk-in shower with shower seat or a walk-in bath installed. This adaptation can allow the user to walk straight in and sit down, reducing the risk of falls and helping them to remain independent.  

Stairlifts 

Whether the person you care for has experienced a fall that has made them lose their confidence on the stairs or they are struggling to get up and down the stairs safely, a stairlift might improve their quality of life. This adaptation can help them to avoid having to move into a bungalow or ground floor apartment. Stairlifts come in variety of designs, including seated, perch, straight, curved and outdoor types. It’s important to do your research to make sure that the stairlift you choose meets the needs of the user.  

Whatever kind of home adaptation you’re thinking of investing in, don’t let salespeople rush you into making a decision. It’s a good idea to get advice from people who already have the adaptation you’re considering and consult with an occupational therapist and any relevant healthcare professional for advice and guidance.  

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