When health issues flair up, getting from A to B can start to feel like a chore. If you’re experiencing problems with your mobility, then venturing outdoors can suddenly feel unsettling. Understandably, many of us don’t like the idea of having to leave our comfortable homes when we’re not feeling our best. Our homes should act as our havens, so it’s important to make them as safe and comfortable as possible. We’ve compiled our best top tips for how to feel more comfortable in your own home this Summer.
1. Reorganize your home
We’re not talking about any drastic or overly costly changes here, but by making a few simple alterations and upgrades, you can live much more comfortably in your home and own surroundings. Consider moving everyday items to lower and more accessible areas of the house (for example, things like high coat rails, and your most used kitchen utensils that are on out of sight shelves.) This can take the strain out of stretching and reaching for things, giving you back more energy, preventing frustration, and making your day a lot easier.
Bathrooms can be slippery at the best of times, but for someone dealing with poor balance and strength, they can become particularly hazardous. However, making them safer doesn’t necessarily have to mean huge and costly renovations. Consider having grab rails and non-slip mats first and foremost, which can be purchased and installed without needing to break the bank. These are an effective way of offering the person using them added support, and can increase the person’s confidence of moving around independently without the worry of slipping.
2. Create an outdoor space you love
If mobility issues are preventing you from going out as much as you would like, then using the outdoor space around you can be a great alternative. Not all of us are fortunate enough to have gardens we can call our own, but many properties have all sorts of forms of outdoor nooks that aren’t being put to good use – like back yards, patios, and small front lawns.
Having a cosy outdoor space you can relax in is proven to be beneficial for our mental health. There are lots of free places to find inspiration. Try reading blogs from your favourite DIY stores, or even visit Pinterest where you’ll find thousands of images and ideas on how to spruce up your yard or garden.
3. Plan ahead
We all have our off days, and as we age it’s only natural that our bodies will sometimes tell us to slow down. On a day when you’re feeling your best, use that energy to get organized. If you live alone, why not try experimenting with fun recipes or even batch cook your favourite meal, so that on a day when you’re not feeling energized, you can take it easy knowing you’ve still got a homecooked meal waiting for you at the end of the day.
4. Avoid the stairs
From balance issues, to painful joints, and even fatigue – using the stairs can become dangerous if you’re feeling weaker or less mobile than once before. In this instance, it’s probably better to eliminate them altogether if possible. Investing in a stairlift and having it fitted in your home could save you a lot of hassle, and the team at Halton Stairlifts are always on hand to offer impartial expert advice. In the meantime, if you’re unsure whether your current home layout is safe enough, speak to a professional occupational therapist who can assess your situation and surroundings.
If tackling the stairs has got you feeling flustered, then it may well be time to make some changes to your home and lifestyle. If you or a loved one need help re-gaining independence around the house, a stairlift could be the perfect fit for you and your home. To learn more about Halton’s full range of stairlifts call our friendly team on 0800 644 7766. You can also request a free brochure or arrange a no-obligation quote at any time.