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How to create an accessible home so you can move around freely

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How to create an accessible home so you can move around freely
Whether you are getting around indoors, navigating steps outside your property, or expecting a visitor with additional mobility needs, there are numerous ways to keep your home accessible.

If you, or someone you know, are living with reduced mobility, it can be difficult to negotiate steps, stairs and thresholds in and around your home. At Complete Care Shop we stock many daily living aids, from grab bars to ramps, that can improve home accessibility, increasing your safety and independence.

Put your best foot forward with a handy half step 

As we age, many of us will start to lose the strength we once had in our lower limbs, meaning steps and stairs can become more challenging. If you have any high steps at home, a half step may help to make these steps more accessible. The Bigfoot Outdoor Half Step reduces the height you need to step up in one go and instead provides you with two smaller steps, putting less pressure on your lower limbs and helping you to keep your balance. Many half steps are designed for outdoor use with weatherproof materials and strong feet – ideal for modifying steps at your front or back door.

Small steps can also make the bathroom more accessible, if you feel it is big step up or down when getting into and out of the bath. The stackable bath step can be used singularly as a small step or several can be “stacked” together to create a higher platform, depending on your preference and the available space in your bathroom. 

Another aid you may want to consider is handheld support, to give you more stability when stepping up or down. Grab bars can be fixed to walls inside or outside the home and are great for providing an extra level of security if you have issues with your balance. 
 

Keep on rolling with the right ramp

Setting up a ramp on steps or over thresholds can make your home more accessible for wheeled mobility aids, such as a, wheelchair or mobility scooter. A threshold ramp fits over raised doorway thresholds, making movement around your home smoother whilst improving access to different rooms and outdoor areas when  using your mobility aid. 

If there are any steps outside your home which currently block access to wheeled mobility aids, you may consider setting up a ramp which will make the property more accessible. A folding ramp offers a stable and non-slip surface, preventing the need for you or an attendant to negotiate steps. A folding ramp is also suitable for transportation, in case you need it for other areas in your home or when travelling.

Equipment to keep you on the move

Although steps and ramps can make certain parts of the home accessible, you may find you require additional support when moving around your home. A walking frame is ideal for maintaining independence indoors and offers you sturdy support to encourage better balance. You may also benefit from a walking frame caddy that can be used on most wheeled walking frames and is designed to carry items from room to room, helping to reduce your risk of falls whilst pushing the aid. 

 

The ups and downs of stairlifts – how to make an informed choice

Stairlifts are a tried and tested way to keep your home accessible on multiple levels. They have become a common feature in many homes and are great for supporting the independence of many people who live with limited mobility. 

Complete Care Shop offers a free home stairlift assessment which includes a free, no-obligation quote from our friendly team of professionals. There are lots of things to consider before buying a stairlift, including whether it is right for your current and future mobility needs, that’s why it’s important to talk to our team before purchasing so you can make an informed decision.

 
To view more of the ramps steps and mobility aids that can help to keep your home accessible, browse the Compete Care online shop. 
 

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