How to Make Your Home Mobility Friendly
Monday, 15 October 2018
When the topic of mobility issues comes up, more often than not those who have never had to deal with such a problem immediately think of wheelchair use. But when you're still very much capable of walking, or if you simply find it a bit harder to get up than you did a couple of years back, you know that having mobility issues is in no way related solely to wheelchair use.
Most often having something to hold onto when getting up, or a walking stick to lean on when your legs feel tired can be enough to help you maintain your full independence. With minor improvements, you can turn your house into a mobility friendly home in no time, minimising the risk of accidents to enjoy a comfortable, independent lifestyle for years to come.
Step Confidently from the Shower
Regardless of whether or not you're suffering from mobility issues, the bathroom is one of the most at-risk areas in any home. The bathtub or shower is always slippery, and getting up from the toilet is not as easy as it once was.
A grab rail can do a world of difference in those moments when you need to hold onto something in case those tricky tiles do make you slip. This Moen Elegance Grab Bar can be placed anywhere in the house, but is especially well-suited for the bathroom. It comes in two different finishes, brushed nickel and chrome, so you can pick the one that will look most natural in your bathroom, while the choice of two lengths is perfect if you need one next to the toilet, and one in the shower.
Key Features: Ideal for slippery areas; choose from two finishes for a discreet look; available in two lengths to suit your needs
Get Out of Bed Effortlessly
When you've been sitting for a while, getting back on your feet can become increasingly difficult. The problem is even worse in the morning, when your body is still getting used to the idea of waking up. A walking stick can be of some help in those instances, but most canes out there are not made to be used in this way.
With a specially designed Bed Grab Rail, you can be assured it won't break or slip when in use. It can easily be positioned to suit virtually any divan-style bed, with two legs resting upon the floor, and the frame secured in place via three straps. The rail safely supports users of up to 20 stone (127kg), and guarantees the ultimate security and stability in the bedroom.
Key Features: Designed specifically for beds; ultra sturdy and secure; suitable for users weighing up to 20 stone
Climb Steps with Ease
Climbing flights of stairs is never the easiest task in the world, but when you're suffering from mobility issues, steps are without a doubt one of the biggest challenges you need to overcome on a daily basis. If you don't have a step-free home, it's important to make sure you stay safe when climbing stairs by yourself.
For those who need support that is close at hand, this GripSure Grab Rail offers a great solution. One of the greatest benefits of this rail is its ability to be mounted horizontally, vertically or diagonally, depending on the specific need. This means you can have rails installed in that exact spot where you know you always need to hold onto something to help you take the next step.
Key Features: Can be mounted horizontally, vertically or diagonally; stylish and subtle design; offer excellent grip
Always Rely on Your Walking Stick
A walking stick is one of the most versatile, discreet and practical mobility aids out there, and it should be your first choice when thinking of ways to improve your independence. We assume you already have a sturdy, reliable everyday walking stick to use around the house, in which case you might want to consider further improving the overall quality of your walking stick use.
Walking stick holders are an elegant solution for putting down your walking stick when you don't need it, while still keeping it close at hand. This Reflective Folding Tabletop Walking Stick Holder is designed specifically for horizontal surfaces, which means you can sit at the dining room table and keep your cane at hand's reach for when you need to get back up.
Key Features: Designed for tabletop use; can be folded up the shaft of the walking stick when not in use
The Dropmenot Wall-Mounted Walking Cane Holder, on the other hand, attaches securely to the wall and can be used around the home wherever there's a need. Its design allows you to place your cane on the holder and detach it quickly and easily.
Key Features: Attaches securely to the wall; can be used anywhere in the house; holds your walking stick, crutch or umbrella
Make Your Home Safe and Comfortable
Getting out of bed, slipping in the bathroom and climbing the stairs are three of the biggest difficulties those with mobility issues, however small, are facing on a daily basis. If you're one of them, make sure to make your home more suitable for your specific needs, and enjoy your independence.