We all like to think that we'll be in perfect health and lead long, happy lives. The trouble is, fate can sometimes get in the way of that wonderful thought. Many people find it hard to get around because of mobility problems.
Some people may suffer from arthritis. Others may have mobility issues caused by injuries sustained in their lives. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure. There is a need to make moving around at home as comfortable as possible.
You might not think it, but there are plenty of tools and adaptations available. With just a few changes in your home, you can still keep your independence. Here are some examples of how you can make that happen:
Get ramps installed next to exterior doors
One of the challenges many people with mobility problems face is getting in and out of their homes. To solve that issue, one can have ramps installed on all exterior doors.
The company installing the ramps can also fit handrails. That way, you can grab onto them as you maneuver yourself in and out of your home. If at any stage you need to use a wheelchair, it will be able to go up and down the ramp with ease.
Wireless doorbell and entry systems
Does it take you a while to answer the door if someone knocks? If so, one thing you can do is get a wireless doorbell and entry system fitted. You can keep the handset with you wherever you are in the house.
Another advantage of such systems is you can let people in your home without getting up.
Remove any unnecessary furniture
One thing that people with mobilities find hard to do is move around when there's lots of clutter in their way. The answer is simple: remove anything that isn't needed from the home.
You can have someone store your valuables in your attic or a storage facility if you wish. The more space you have to move around, the easier your life will be at home.
Consider getting an adaptive bed
Getting in and out of bed can be a tough challenge for you, especially when the weather gets cold. You should consider getting an “adaptive” bed for your bedroom.
Commonly known as hospital beds, they allow you to adjust and tilt the bed using a remote control. There are great deals for hospital beds for sale, so it won't cost you a fortune to get one.
Have all kitchen appliances and accessories within easy reach
The good news is it's possible to redesign your kitchen with accessibility in mind. You can make all your cupboards and storage areas within easy reach from ground level.
There are many options open to you. It's worth investigating what can get installed in your kitchen.
Install an elevator
Last but not least, if your home is big enough you may wish to have an elevator installed. Even if your house is small, you can extend your home to have one fitted for you.
The only downside is the cost. But, it's possible to get financial help, so an elevator is still a viable option for your needs.
I hope the information in this blog post is useful for you. Thank you for reading it, and let us know if you've got any questions!