We all want to stay living independently in our homes for as long as possible. However many of us can find some of the everyday tasks a lot tougher, if not completely impossible to achieve unless we have help or adaptations made to our home.
Here are a few home adaptation ideas to help make living independently a little easier.
Getting in and out of your home
- Think about installing a ramp.
- For better visibility an outdoor light is a useful addition.
- A hand rail for the front and back door can be a really useful addition.
- Front and back doors can be widened to provide much easier access.
Mobility inside the home
- Wheelchair and stair lifts provide obvious benefits when you need to get up upstairs.
- To add extra stability when climbing stairs install a second banister or grab rails.
- Move or widen doors for easier wheelchair access
- Some stairs don’t have newel posts, installing one or two can help when turning onto and off the stairs.
In the bathroom
- Wet rooms and level access showers are great easy access adaptation.
- A shower or bath seat makes bathing easier.
- Consider a bath lift if you enjoy having a bath.
- Risk of flooding in the bathroom is often a concern, why not install a flood detection system.
Making the kitchen easier to access
- Kettle tippers can be a really useful and cost effective tool.
- If you have trouble chopping food why not look for a one-handed chopping board.
- Clamp and secure bottles and tins so you can open them with one hand.
- Adapt cupboards with easy access pull-out shelves
- Sinks can be adapted to move up and down for easy wheel chair access.
For further information about any home adaptation get in touch with our team at Mint. We have many years experience adapting homes from the smallest of adaptations right through to custom built extensions.