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7 Ways To Improve Accessibility in Your Home *

Monday, 2 December 2019

-This post is in collaboration with Axess2-
If you or someone you know suffers with mobility problems then making sure your home or their home is a safe and accessible place is a must. In this post I'm talking about some of the ways in which could help to improve accessibility and make life a little easier.

1) You could put hand rails in key areas such areas where there are stairs and also by any toilet in the household. This can help the person in need who needs the extra help to lower themselves onto the toilet and also to help push themselves back up again. You can also add a raised toilet seat which can make it easier to sit down and stand up as it reduces the distance the person has to go before they reach the seat. 

2) It's also handy to have something to hold on to whilst in the shower if you/they feel a little unstable. Adding to that you could add a hand rail on the wall by the shower or a grab rail on the side of the bath if you/they struggle to get in and out of the bath or shower.

3) Something else which I personally find really helpful when my chronic pain is flaring is having a proper shower stool in the bath as it provides a safe and sturdy place to sit when I'm showering and reduces the chance of causing any more strain and discomfort if my pain is already flaring up. It also has a handy push-button height adjustment system so you can choose how high or low you want the seat.

4) You could consider installing a lift in your home if you have limited mobility or if you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter. There are many different Types of Platform Lifts you can choose from and these lifts in particular are designed to help wheelchair/mobility scooter users to access other levels of a building at ease. 

5) Something else which I think is a must if you or someone you know struggles with their mobility is a grabber tool or what I like to call a "Grabby" which is basically what you may know as a "litter picker" too. Although it doesn't really fall into the "accessibility" category, I just thought I'd mention it because it's so helpful when my pain is bad and also if I'm home alone and I'm struggling to reach something or if I've dropped something I need on the floor etc.

6) Buying a firmer mattress or a memory foam mattress depending on your preference might be something to look into. Also adjustable beds and chairs are a great idea for many people who are stuck either in bed or have to be sitting down for most of the day due to their mobility/disability. This could also make it easier if the person lives alone or is on their own a lot of the time as it makes it easier to sit up/get up without the need of any assistance. 

7) And lastly is to declutter routes where you walk/use a wheelchair or mobility scooter for obvious reasons and make sure the routes stay clutter free. You should get rid of any furniture that's not needed and is in the way and rearrange the most needed and used areas to make it more accessible.

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