If a loved one develops a mobility issue, it is imperative that you make certain changes in your home to ensure the space can be safely navigated by them. Otherwise, accidents and injuries can become a common phenomenon. For example, normal stairs cannot be accessed by someone with limited mobility and result in falls which may further aggravate the condition.
Fortunately, there exist various products and equipment that transform your home into a mobility-friendly space, such as modern residential elevators and stair lifts. Here are a few things you can do:
- Get a Stair Lift Installed
Investing in a high-quality stair lift is of utmost importance if a family member has limited mobility. There are straight stair lifts and curved stair lifts. This permanent home modification will ensure accessibility to your loved one to all floors of the home.
- Consider a Residential Elevator
Elevators are an excellent alternative to a stair lift. They are swift, safe, and reliable. In other words, a great solution to make your living space mobility-friendly. Some people may feel installing a residential elevator is cost-prohibitive. However, it adds to the value of your property! More importantly, it is an investment that ensures your home is accessible to those with limited mobility.
We have used residential elevators for sale that are in perfect condition and are affordable.
- Invest in Ramps
Stairs are a health hazard for those with limited mobility. But they are a requirement in any multi-story house. If it is a story-story ranch, there will be a couple of steps to the doorway. The mobility product you need is a ramp. Different ramp styles exist for meeting different needs.
We carry a wide selection of ramps, from portable wheelchair ramps and single fold ramps to rubber threshold ramps and permanent ramps. Let us know your requirement and budget. We will assist you in finding the perfect ramp.
- Get Rid of Doorknobs
Doorknobs may be hard to use for a loved one with a mobility issue. Replace them with press lever handles, push/pull bars, or automatic door openers. This will tremendously increase your home’s accessibility.
- Ensure the Bathroom is Accessible
Removing bathing barriers is also of utmost importance to truly make a home mobility-friendly. Your bathroom may be full of obstacles. For example, slick tiles are a health hazard when soapy and wet. So, grippy mats are essential in the bathroom. Tubs may not be accessible due to tall sides. Make necessary updates, like invest in a step-in-tub, to reduce fall risks.
Apart from investing in mobility products, you should also be mindful of your surfaces.
Rough grout and thick rugs can make an area hard to access for a loved one using mobility aids and devices like walkers and canes.
If you want to make your home easily accessible to those with limited mobility, get in touch with Independent Living Solutions. We carry a selection of new and recycled accessibility products, like stair lifts, modern residential elevators, and ramps.