How to Adapt Your Home for Limited Mobility
If you or a loved one has experienced illness or injury that's led to limited mobility, then it is undoubtedly a tumultuous time for you. You may be feeling confused, overwhelmed, or even frustrated -- and this is perfectly normal. Adapting to limited mobility, whether temporary or permanent, can be a huge challenge.
One of the best ways to overcome these challenges is to adapt your house to be more practical and comfortable for someone with limited mobility. This will help you overcome the physical challenges associated with limited mobility; and, just as importantly, it will help you overcome the emotional challenges of this trying time. After all, when home feels like home, everything is a little bit more manageable.
So, without further ado, here are a few simple tips on how you can make your home a safer and more functional place for someone with limited mobility.
- Identify trouble spots.Every home has places that are potentially challenging or dangerous for those with limited mobility. Examples may include: stairs, tight corners, doorways, slippery floors, showers, sinks, and outdoor areas. Think about which places are difficult to navigate for yourself or your loved one, and then think about how you might be able to make these spaces more manageable. In some cases, this could be as simple as adding a carpet or removing a door; in other cases, you may need to perform a more involved task such as installing a ramp.
- Think about the simple comforts.A complete overhaul of the home may not be possible or even desirable. Instead, focus on small but meaningful changes and comforts you can add to the home, taking the wants and needs of your loved one into consideration. Making access to things such as the thermostat, the telephone, and kitchen appliances can make a huge difference, for example.
- Furniture and lift chairs.Speaking of comfort (and we admit that we're biased here), you may wish to consider investing in alift chair from Recliners.LA. Designed with limited mobility in mind, these fantastic chairs from companies such as Ultra Comfort and La-Z-Boy furniture make sitting and standing easier for those who may otherwise have issues. Visit Recliners.LA online today to learn more about our lift chair selection.