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Caring For A Loved One With Mobility Problems: Transforming Your Home

Guide to improvements to make your elderly parents life easier

If a loved one who lives with you has developed mobility problems as a result of age or illness, you’re going to need to transform your home. Be it an elderly parent who’s suffered a stroke or a relative who has low mobility, you need to ensure that your home is as safe for them as possible.

While they may need help with various aspects of day to day life, what you can do is make simple tasks easier for them by altering your home. Any independence that you can give them is crucial, as the more independent they are, the happier they’ll be. The good news is that there are plenty of options for making your home safer and easier for them to live in. It’s just a case of making the necessary improvements.

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To help you do that, we’ve put together this useful guide. It might not be easy accepting that your loved one needs a little extra help, but these improvements are definitely worth making.

Add a stairlift

If your property has stairs and your relative is unable to use safely them, this can cause a real problem. The good news, however, is that if you invest in a stair lift, your relative will be able to get up and down the stairs safely. While these can be expensive to install, once they’ve been put in, they last for years. Plus, a stair lift will give your relative a little of their independence back.

Place pull bars around the house

An easy update to make that will give your loved one a lot more independence is placing pull bars around the house. These should be placed on either side of the toilet, by their bed and by any entrances to the house. That way, you know that your loved one has a way of getting up from the toilet, out of the shower or up the front steps and into the house, safely. These might seem like minor things, but they can make a big difference to your relative’s quality of life.

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Invest in comfortable seating

Many older people struggle to get up once they sit down as most chairs are too low. While trying to get up, elderly people can often strain themselves or have a fall. However, by investing in seating for the elderly, that’s higher and sturdier, you can make accidents less likely. You can’t be at home with them 24 hours a day, which is why ensuring your home is as safe as possible is crucial.

Buy a higher bed

Just like low seating can cause accidents for older people, so can low beds. To make it easier for your loved one to get in and out of bed safely, it might be wise to buy them a bed that’s higher off the ground. This will make it easier for them to get in and out of bed on their own.

So there you have it, the best ways to transform you home to make it more suitable for your elderly loved one.