Recent research states that only one fifth of people aged 60-69 have made adaptations to their home in preparation for older age. These home future-proofers are planning ahead in order to maintain their independence as they grow older.
There are multiple ways that you can future-proof your home, here are our top six!
1. Upgrade your bed
A good night’s sleep is the key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. Adjustable beds are designed to allow you to find the sleeping position that offers you maximum comfort. Not only this, but they also help to evenly distribute your weight to provide the correct support for your body and contour to the natural ‘s’ shape of your spine, helping to temporarily relieve aches and pains.
There are of course other advantages to upgrading to an adjustable bed, these include:
- Relieving snoring and sleep apnoea
- The option of an in-built massage system to temporarily relieve aches and pains
- Temporary relief of acid reflux symptoms
- Easing insomnia caused by back pain
As well as all of these benefits, adjustable beds can also allow you to get into and out of bed with ease. At the simple touch of a button you can raise the head section of your mattress, helping you to sit up. Then all you have to do is turn your body around and stand up!
2. Move essential facilities downstairs
If you struggle with the stairs in your home, it’s a good idea to consider having your essential facilities all on one floor. This may include moving your bed and bathing facilities downstairs. This will help to reduce the risk of tripping or falling on the stairs, and can help to relieve you from pain caused by manoeuvring up and down the stairs.
3. Invest in a riser recliner
Do you struggle getting into and out of your arm chair? If so, it may be worth investing in a riser recliner chair.
Our riser recliners will lower you into and raise you out of your comfortable chair at the simple touch of a button. They come in a range of different contemporary styles, colours and fabrics and are made to measure to ensure that you are offered maximum support at all times. This means that you can be provided with temporary positional pain relief from back ache, arthritic pain and achy joints.
You can even personalise your riser recliner by adding optional accessories such as an in-built reading light or a heat and massage system, to offer you ultimate relaxation.
4. Remove fall hazards
One third of over 65’s will experience at least one fall in their home per year, therefore it is important to minimise the likelihood of a trip taking place as much as you can. This can be done by ensuring that floor space in your home is always kept tidy, with no clutter. It’s also important to ensure that mats and rugs are either avoided, or securely taped down to help to prevent you from tripping over the corners.
If you have problems with your mobility, or you use a wheelchair, furniture should be rearranged so that there are clear pathways between rooms. This will help you to move around safer and easier.
5. An easy to access bathroom
Although bathing is an easy task for many, loss of mobility and balance can make it increasingly more difficult. It is important to maintain your independence and dignity in the bathroom as you grow older.
Installing a bath lift from our sister company, AquaLift will mean that you don’t have to worry about climbing over the side of your bath to get into and out of it! The AquaLift enables you to enjoy a full depth bathing experience without having to make expensive alterations to your current bathroom. It is also designed and
manufactured with a multitude of safety features such as a non-slip seat to help to keep you secure, and a temperature gage to help to prevent scolding, to help to keep you safe at bath time.
Find out more about how the AquaLift works here!
6. Ensure the place is well lit
This may sound obvious, but it is extremely important! Good lighting is essential to help you get around easily and safely in your home. We recommend remote control lighting or lights that work with motion sensors. These both mean that you don’t have to reach to light switches to turn them on and off, and can help to reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.
Are you interested in purchasing one of our adjustable beds or riser recliner chairs?
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