you, then making your home accessible for them is absolutely important. It can be incredibly difficult to accommodate somebody who has mobility impairments, we know, which is why we have written this article to help demystify it and make it a much more straightforward process. The nature of one’s disability must be taken into consideration in order to accommodate one properly, so you may need to take some things from this article and leave others.
In this article, as you already know by now, we are going to present to you a few ways that you can make your home more handicap accessible. We hope that by the end of this article, you will feel comfortable confronting a loved one’s disability and making your home a much safer, nicer, and more accessible place for them to be. If you ever do experience any problems with any of the suggestions here, please contact a professional. Additionally, if you have any suggestions of your own, please leave them down in the comments section below.
Introduce Ramps to Your Home
If you are living with somebody who has mobility problems, then you will need to introduce ramps into your home. Ramps, for wheelchair-bound people, are a lifesaver. Ramps are a great way to ensure that your loved one is still able to move freely around your home, and in and out, without having to worry about a flight of stairs. Ramps are great, easy to install, and cheap. They should be one of the first things that you introduce into your home to accommodate a loved one who cannot move around as freely as you can.
Stairlifts are another must-have feature in your home in order to accommodate a loved one with mobility issues. Stairlifts, which can be expensive, are a great addition to any home. They will help your loved one to feel comfortable and will enable them to feel freer in your home – they will not need to ask for anyone’s help to operate the lift, and instead, will be able to move around on the lift on their own. Stairlifts are, in our opinion, a fantastic innovation and a great addition to your home. Give them some thought for your mobility-impaired loved one.
If you have a home with several storeys, you might want to consider an elevator as opposed to a wheelchair lift. The professionals behind www.stiltzlifts.co.za emphasize that elevators work better in larger homes. If you have a home where your loved one cannot possibly get around with a stairlift, then you need to give an elevator some thought, for it is incredibly cruel to not allow your loved one freedom of movement in your home. Elevators are a great addition to make, and while expensive, make up for the cost in usefulness, accessibility, and freedom.
Bathing often presents a problem for those who are disabled, handicapped, or who have mobility problems. Handrails for bathing are a great addition to your home and can help you to ensure that your loved one does not hurt themselves or slip over while bathing, which is an all-too-common occurrence. Introducing handrails for your loved ones to use when they are bathing is something we definitely encourage that you do, and it is something that they will benefit from massively. Give them some serious thought, as well as non-slip flooring or mats for your bathroom to ensure that they do not fall over in spite of your handrails.
Your toilet, we think, should also be updated. The toilet is an area of your home that can become incredibly dangerous to those who are disabled. Introduce handrails to allow them to balance when they sit down and install an alarm, as you find in many disabled people’s homes, that will sound if they hurt themselves or cannot get up. You may also want to install some kind of safety frame around the toilet so as to ensure that when your loved one, or you, uses the toilet, that they are not at risk of harming themselves, and the danger of the bathroom is reduced significantly.
Surfaces and Floors
As we mentioned previously, you must be mindful of the surfaces and flooring that you choose for your home. If you choose improper styles of flooring, you risk jeopardising the health of your loved one, or yourself. Flooring can be incredibly dangerous for a disabled person if you do not choose it carefully. The surfaces of your flooring should not be slippy, and instead, should be stable so that your loved one does not fall over on them if they become wet. You should also avoid heavily polished flooring.
Alarms are absolutely essential for your handicapped loved ones. You can buy portable, voice-activated alarms that they can use to call for help in your absence if they have hurt themselves. These alarms, in our opinion, are a great addition to your home and can help them to ensure that, should they hurt themselves, they feel comfortable in the knowledge that they will not be left there and that they can call for help immediately. You can also get pocket alarms that they carry around with them and can use in case they hurt themselves or if they are in any danger.
You may, if you have the finances, want to consider inviting a nurse into your home to look after you or a loved one. Private in-home nurses can be moderately expensive, but it is definitely worth it and can help you to ensure that your loved one is looked after properly, fed, and washed. Nurses are a must-have addition to your home. They are, in our opinion, something that you will definitely need to think about.
Looking after a disabled person is not easy, but it is sometimes a part of life. If you have to confront that situation, then we hope this page will have helped to simplify it for you. Thank you for watching, please come back and visit us again soon.