Whether you’re disabled or reaching an age where it isn’t as easy to get around anymore, your home should always be accessible and safe to move through. Unfortunately, homes are rarely constructed with limited mobility in mind.
Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of methods you can use to improve your home’s safety and accessibility.
Make Sure Your Front Door Is Safe
The entrance to your home is often its most hazardous characteristic. Often, this area can be poorly lit, especially in the evening hours. It could be comprised of multiple steps that are difficult to navigate and intensely dangerous if fallen upon. It will also be slippery in poor weather, so you have all the ingredients for an accident in the making.
Make sure that your front entrance is properly lit, preferably with a motion sensitive light to save energy when not in active use. Make sure that any and all steps are framed with guard rails – on both sides if possible. Finally, ensure that your entrance will properly grip your feet as you travel along it. Depending on your circumstances, this could be as easy as buying some doormats for your entrance.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your entrance safe, contact us for more information.
Keeping Your Routes Safe
While those with longstanding mobility issues may already be aware of this, for many who are new to it, your home’s lack of accessibility can sneak up on you. Those who are just reaching a certain age, or have only recently found themselves with limited mobility, can find that their previously accessible home is no longer such.
Those bits and bobs left lying around are suddenly serious tripping hazards. Rugs have become tripwires. Furniture that you used to bump into every so often, now feel like an obstacle course.
It is important that you ensure that your home is arranged with your mobility in mind. Have your furniture moved into a more accessible layout. Roll up those rugs. Make sure to organise all of your personal clutter away from your path. If you aren’t sure how to do this, or are just looking for advice, we recommend speaking to an accessibility advisor for more information. Contact us for more information.
Making Sure Your Second Floor Is Safe To Access
Stairs can be the most challenging part of a household for those with accessibility issues. Moving up and down them can be exhausting if you have limited mobility. Reaching the first or even second floor becomes a journey itself. Moreover, traversing stairs can be dangerous. Balancing issues and poor joints are among the list of conditions that could put you at risk of a serious and potentially fatal fall.
Solutions to this issue depend on the extent of your mobility issues. If your issue is mild, then it may be worth investing in a set of safety guard rails for you to hold on to. However, this may not be enough. Those who struggle with stairs due to poor legs or balance should seriously consider investing in a stairlift. A stairlift can completely change how you interact with your home. You don’t need to dread popping upstairs to grab something. Holding onto your banister for dear life shouldn’t be the default for getting to bed. Stairlifts can be installed quickly and efficiently, circumventing the issue entirely.
Contact Us For More Information About Making Your Home Limited Mobility Safe
If you would like to find out more stairlifts and how easy it is to have one installed in your own home at a time that’s convenient for you, then contact us to learn more.