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Making Your Home Safe When You Have A Disability

by | Mar 15, 2022 | Blog

Becoming disabled brings many challenges – mentally, emotionally and physically. Whether you have become less abled over a long period of time – maybe through arthritis – or whether its quickly and suddenly through suffering a stroke, it is crucial to make your home safe.

The biggest cause of trips and falls are rugs and mats around the home. Removing these hazards can potentially save you from a nasty fall.  Also wearing sensible rubber soled slippers or booties that are firmly secured with velcro straps or socks with gripped soles can all help you keep safe.

If you are needing to use a walker, trolley or wheelchair to get you from room to room it is advisable to move furniture to leave a clear path clear from obstruction. Nobody wants to move their favourite old dresser full of sentimental ornaments from their living room but it could potentially make a huge difference in you moving around safely. We would also suggest getting two walkers. One for upstairs and one for downstairs.

Stairs are by far the biggest challenge for the less abled and the biggest cause of worry for family members. Many people are too proud to get a stairlift which is understandable, they feel by getting a lift they are giving in but we would always encourage the installation of a lift to ensure your safety.  The installation of a stairlift is an easy process with no damage caused to your home as they are simply screwed into the stairs.  If a stairlift seems like an awful option, get in touch with your local Care & Repair where they can install another banister on the stairs, grab rails where needed at the top or even outside of your property. Stairlifts can be a more cost effective way to be able to re-use all of your home again without the need for selling up and buying a bungalow, especially in today’s ever increasing housing market.

It’s not the nicest thing to think about, but as we age our risk of falling increases. There are things you can do to help reduce your risk, including investing in products that could help prevent you falling.

How to stay safe and independent without rushing to the toilet

The risk of tripping and falling is much greater if you’re making a mad dash to the toilet and the last thing any of us wants right now is a journey to the local hospital. Luckily, there are toileting options available to help.

If you spend a lot of time in bed and find that getting to the bathroom is challenging, our male urinal means you can go to the toilet without leaving your bedroom. This can be particularly useful at night, where falls on the way to the bathroom are more likely due to poor lighting – or not being quite awake. We also offer a female urinal which has an ergonomic adapter that fits directly onto the urinal’s neck and is most easily used by sitting on the edge of the bed. You may also feel more comfortable using this in combination with a Bed Pad to protect your bedding against accidental spills or leaks.

If you’re mobility is not as restricted, but a health condition, such as urge incontinence, makes it difficult for you to reach the bathroom in time, it’s a good idea to keep a commode in your living room so you don’t have as far to go when you need the toilet. This can be especially handy if the only toilet you have is upstairs, as it may help reduce the risk of falls whilst climbing the staircase.

A Commode is straightforward to set up, making it a convenient toileting option for anyone wishing to be discreet.

Handi-Grip Reacher

Bending and stretching for items you need could leave you at risk of a fall if your balance isn’t what it once was. The Handi-Grip Reacher helps reduce your need to stretch as it extends your grip to help you easily pick up the items you need. It has an easy-to-hold handle with a lightweight trigger and a rotating jaw that can turn 90 degrees to help you get to items in harder to reach areas. It also features soft lips on the jaw to help make it a little easier for it to pick up things like coins or paperclips.

Wheeled Walker

Need more help than a walking stick can provide? You can get about in style around your home with this modern indoor rollator. Its sleek design features a large, lipped tray and a storage bag to help you carry items with you as you go around the house. It also has height adjustable handles, so you can make sure it’s set to the perfect height for you, and a brake system that can be operated with just one hand.

Steel Grab Rail

A strategically placed grab rail at the right points around your home can help give you support when you need it most, whether that’s a reassuring hand-hold as you enter and exit your home or an aid to hold onto in a slippery bathroom. This versatile Steel Grab Rail can be used indoors or outside as it has a weather-resistant bright white power coating. It’s available in a variety of sizes from 305mm all the way up to 710mm.

Bath Step Stool with Handrail

The bathroom can be a hazardous place. The Bath Step Stool with Handrail can help to make it easier and safer to get in and out the tub or give you a boost if you need to reach something from a high shelf in the bathroom. It gives you a stable and secure surface to step onto and somewhere to hold onto while you use it. It has a non-slip rubber surface on the step to give you a secure grip and ferrules on the bottom of its feet to stop it from sliding.

Shower Stool with Arm Supports

Worried about slipping and falling when using the shower? The Shower Stool with Arm Supports gives you a comfortable place to sit and rest while you shower, reducing your risk of slipping over. It’s lightweight and can be moved around your bathroom as needed. It also has a unique design and flexible seat that means it can be used on uneven floors. Ferrules are included on each of the legs to give it good grip on slippery surfaces.

Height Adjustable Perching Stool with Arms

If you find it tricky to get everything done that you need to due to not being able to stand for long periods, then you may find a perching stool useful. The Height Adjustable Perching Stool with Arms helps to take some of the weight off your feet and support you while you get on with whatever tasks you need to do. It has angled legs, which have rubber feet to help prevent it from slipping, making it suitable for use around the home and helps to reduce your risk of falling as you have a place to rest when needed.