Tips for Making Your Home More Accessible:
Lift Installations, Ramps and More
Whether you have a loved one with a disability or you have one yourself, making your home accessible can seem like a daunting task. Knowing where to start can be difficult, particularly if you’ve never had to consider it before. Lifestyle changes, adapting to illness or mobility issues or even simply the natural ageing process often means we have to adjust the way we live and adapt our homes and lifestyles accordingly.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can make your home more accessible. At Euro Lifts Limited, we understand just how important it is to maintain your independence in your own property and make sure you can move around freely, safely and comfortably by yourself. While many new build homes are built with accessibility in mind, many of our current homes still need adjusting to make sure they’re accessible for everyone.
Below, we take a look at how you can make your home more accessible, from installing a lift to fitting handrails.
Install a stairlift
As we get older, moving up and down the stairs becomes more and more difficult. The stairs can be a dangerous place in our homes; without the correct assistance, they can put us at risk of trips, slips and falls. Installing a stairlift is one way to make your home more accessible and ensure people can move safely and comfortably between floors without the need for extra assistance.
Stairlifts are available in a wide variety of styles. They can either be installed as a permanent home modification or you can install a portable stairlift, which can be ideal if you have someone visiting who suffers with mobility issues.
Consider a lift
Today, more and more people are installing lifts in their homes to help them move safely between floors without the need to use the stairs. Lifts are a great solution for those with limited mobility and give people the freedom to move around their house without relying on others. Again, there are plenty of different styles and designs to choose from; lifts can easily be integrated into the existing architecture and can increase the value of your home too.
Replace stairs with ramps
As previously mentioned, stairs are a hazard for many. You may have stairs leading up to your front door or out into your back garden; even just one or two steps makes it extremely difficult for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility to access your home.
There are lots of different ramp styles to meet different needs. Collapsible ramps allow for easy storage and are ideal if you have someone who requires a ramp visiting for a short period of time, whereas portable ramps allow you to quickly turn any step into a wheelchair accessible entry on the go. If you need a permanent ramp, it’s worth looking into having a professional ramp installed where your front steps are instead.
Make your bathroom more accessible
The bathroom can be a hazardous place. From wet bathroom tiles to deep bathtubs that are difficult to get in and out of, bathrooms can be difficult to use for lots of people. There are plenty of ways you can make your bathroom more accessible:
- Install handrails in the bathroom to help with stability in the bathroom. These are particularly important around the shower and toilet.
- A toilet riser can make it easier for those who have trouble bending over or standing up and sitting down.
- Install grippy mats in bathrooms and showers to combat slippery tiles and flooring. Wet flooring can be very dangerous and puts everyone in the bathroom at risk of a fall.
- Step-in bathtubs allow people to easily step in and out of the bath without having to step up and over. A normal bath with tall sides can be very challenging to get in and out of for people with mobility issues; a step-in bath eliminates these barriers and allows users to easily step in without straddling the side.
Opt for automatic doors
Standard doors with handles and door knobs can be difficult to open for some people. Replacing door knobs with press lever handles can make opening doors easier for those who have a difficult time gripping handles. Installing automatic doors can hugely increase your home’s accessibility, ensuring people can move freely and easily between rooms in your home without having to rely on someone else to open and close doors for them.
Automatic doors can be installed both indoors and outdoors, enabling users to open any entrance with just the push of a button. Again, there are a huge variety of styles and designs to choose from and they can be installed quickly and easily on almost any door type.
It may be simple, but even rethinking the layout of your furniture can make your home more accessible and make it easier for people to move around. Think about your furniture; is it situated so that those with low-mobility or those in wheelchairs can move around easily, comfortably and freely?
Try to arrange your furniture so that there are no narrow passageways or sharp turns that could make it difficult for someone to move around. It’s important to ensure daily essential items, such as kitchen plates, comfortable chairs and toiletries, are easy to access. Placing items on lower shelves or in lower cupboards is one way to do this.
Don’t forget light switches and plug sockets
For wheelchair users and people with mobility issues, height can be a real challenge. Traditional light switches are often too high for wheelchair users to reach comfortably, which can make it extremely difficult to turn lights in rooms on and off. Plug sockets are also typically installed low down, which can again be difficult for people to reach down to.
When making your home more accessible, consider lowering your light switches or altering the position of plug sockets to make it easier for people to use them. If this isn’t possible, there are plenty of different options to explore, including smart home technology. Smart plugs and lightbulbs that are linked to smart home devices allow users to easily activate plug sockets and lights from an app on their phone, or even by voice.
Euro Lifts Ltd: Reliable Mobility Aids and Stair Lifts
At Euro Lifts Limited, we understand some simple tasks such as taking a bath or walking up the stairs can be difficult and tiresome for those who struggle with mobility issues. We offer a range of mobility equipment that is hand-picked from the finest manufacturers, helping to ensure you can continue to live life independently and with ease.
For over 30 years, we’ve specialised in the design, supply and installation of stair lifts and wheelchair platforms for homes and businesses. For your peace of mind, we offer an emergency callout service 24 hours a day to ensure you’re always safe and able to move around in your home.
In addition to cargo, wheelchair and mobility stairlifts, we also supply wheelchairs, walking frames, walking sticks, crutches, forearm crutch combinations and much more. With our help, you can retain independence and remove the challenges associated with climbing in and out of bed, going to the bathroom and navigating the stairs.
For more information, visit our website.