We all want to retain our independence as long as we possibly can and stay living in the same home that we have purchased and/or lived in for most of our adult lives. This can be key to maintaining happiness and health throughout old age, but how do we make sure we will be able to stay in our homes as we begin to experience the issues associated with ageing, especially issues related to things like mobility and the ability to climb stairs or get things out of certain spaces? Here are a couple of key ways we can create the ideal living space for ageing populations – either ourselves or family and friends.
Installation Of A Stairlift
One of the best things to do for a home with an upper floor if you want to stay in it longer is to invest in a stairlift. Stairlifts will help you be able to continue accessing the upper floor of your home for many more years after you start to notice that it’s getting harder and harder to climb stair after stair. Simply sit down and let the stairlift do the work. An added benefit is that stairlifts come in different shapes, sizes and styles, so you can invest in one that works for you and your preferences in your home.
Install Bathroom Supports
Bathroom supports is possibly one of the easiest and least costly things to do to a home to help make it more elderly friendly. This of course depends on the type of supports being installed, but many can be purchased in shops and can even be simply stuck to the walls without needing drilling, gluing or the like and instead work with suction cups. While you may not want to use these if you will be relying on them to support almost all your body weight, these are great options for just providing you that extra bit of balance in the slippery shower or when stepping in and out of the tub and can help give you a sense of ease and comfort that you won’t slip and fall.
Move Often Used Items
Do you use something frequently but it’s in a bit of a problematic cupboard that is starting to bother you to access? Or maybe you use a teapot or set of glasses a lot and getting them out of the cupboard by stepping on a stool is beginning to cause issues. It’s time to move that stuff around and put your frequently used pots, pans, dishes, cleaners, vacuums and the like in easy to reach spots that won’t cause you problems to get at. This can help you still go about your daily work with pride in your home and happiness in that you don’t need to make drastic changes to still be self reliant.
So if you have an ageing relative or friend or you’re experiencing your own golden years, don’t suffer in silence and keep on as you have been. By making a few small changes to your home today you can begin to enjoy a more fulfilled, independent life as you get older.