Aids That Can Keep You Mobile At Home
One of the most challenging aspects for an elderly person is having to cope with reduced mobility and lack of independence. The inability to move around your own home as you once did can be frustrating and in some cases is a major cause of depression in the elderly.
Lack of mobility can make it difficult to perform even the most basic everyday tasks and severely affect your quality of life. A live-in carer can help you regain some of your independence, but certain tasks such as lifting and moving can put both the elderly client and the carer at risk of injury.
The following aids help you remain mobile at home, while reducing the risk of injury to yourself and back injuries to your trained live-in carer.
A stairlift allows you to get up and down the stairs in ease and comfort. There are 3 types available:
- Straight stairlifts are suitable for one flight of stairs, running along a single track. They are simple to use and easy to install.
- Curved stairlifts are suitable for awkward staircases such as a fan design or half-landings. They can be utilised to carry you up more than one flight.
- Outdoor stairlifts are specifically designed for garden steps and allow to enjoy the outdoors without risk of falling in wet or icy conditions.
Stiff limbs and swollen joints make it impossible to get in and out of the bath easily. Bath boards give you a higher seating position, while fully automated bath platforms can lower and raise you, so you can enjoy a warm soak without the risk of getting stuck or injured.
Shower cubicles can be fitted with a fixed seat, grip rails and a non-slip mat.
Raised toilet seats, toilet frames and commodes will give you added stability to perform your toilet routines in comfort and with more independence.
It’s important to keep as mobile as possible to avoid stiff joints. A walking frame gives you the stability and confidence to move more easily around the house and along the shopping aisles.
A trained live-in carer is specialised in lifting techniques to minimise injury to their client while avoiding straining their back. Mobility aids don’t just give you more independence and mobility, but also provide a safer environment for you and your live-in carer.