In this post, I want to share some of our favourite products. Most of these we already own, and some are on our wishlist.
All of them should make life a little easier around your home.
Some are inexpensive, and others are more of an investment but can be the difference between being able to stay in your own home or not.
Mobility Aids for Your Home
When we first moved into our home, we didn’t own one. Bridget could still drive and walk; she returned home without me and could not unlock the front door. This key turner changed her world. Who’d have thought a simple piece of plastic could make so much difference?
I keep saying we need a portable ramp to take away with us because there are times when even a tiny step can feel like a mountain. But, I have never considered a portable ramp at home, which would make our garden more accessible. This became apparent recently when an elderly relative who’d had a hip replacement visited.
This is my favourite purchase this year. I always forgot which tablets I’d taken until I bought this pill organiser.
I’m up to 11 pills daily, and this organiser has changed my life.
Because of deformities, Bridget can’t open tins, and I find ring pulls difficult because of Fibromyalgia.
This large handle ring pull opener makes the task a breeze, and we wouldn’t be without it.
We don’t own this one yet, but I imagine it would be helpful if you could grip it. The days of sticking bottles and jars on the door hinge are long gone.
I rely on our grown-up sons for those rigid lids and caps, but this little bottle opener could replace them.
About five years ago, Bridget’s Occupational Therapist suggested we buy an electric tin opener. At the time, they were expensive. I think the one she was offering was about £40. I put the kibosh on it and persevered with the old butterfly tin opener. Needless to say, now that my hands are weak, we’re proud owners of an electric tin opener.
Not a medical aid but the best purchase we’ve made this year. If you like to cook, you’ll know how difficult it can be standing over a hot stove, sitting in a hot steamy kitchen or carrying hot pans.
A slow cooker does away with all that, you can even buy pre-chopped ingredients, and if you need inspiration, there are hundreds of tasty recipes online.
Walker with Tray
It pains me to say, but I am seriously considering buying a tray walker.
When my legs are bad or I’m feeling unsteady, a walking support with the ability to carry food and drink would be brilliant.
I’m one of those fellas that sit on the couch to eat his years, and I’ve balanced every conceivable dish and have the stains to prove it. About a year ago, in one of the cottages we were staying in, they had a lap tray with a padded bottom, it was a revelation, and now we’re proud owners of two.
I remember these grabbers from when I was a kid, although I think they were sold as a robot’s arm. Whatever they were called back then, they are useful today because bending down to pick stuff up makes me breathless, and it’s a stress I don’t need.
Much like the grabber, the sock puller is a godsend.
I don’t know whether it’s my Heart Failure, Fibromyalgia or big fat belly, but bending down to put socks on does take my breath away.
You can never have too many grab rails. We have them outside the house, in the toilet and the bathroom.
Ours are fixed, but you can get temporary grab rails that use a suction pad to stay in place.
Like many people with chronic illnesses, for both Bridget and I, mornings are a particularly tough time.
Both of us have illnesses that require time for our bodies to wake up. If it didn’t hurt, it would be funny watching both of us seeing which joints work and which don’t.
Although we don’t have a permanent one, a bed rail is an excellent addition to help you get out of bed in the morning.
I love these because they are the most flexible pillow you’ll ever own. Whether it’s to support you sitting in bed or resting a weary arm or leg, the V Pillow is an excellent solution to a common sleeping problem.
A rise and recliner chair is our next big purchase. Every time we stay in an accessible cottage, Bridget and I squabble over who gets the chair and having one at home would be a great addition to make your home more accessible.
Also, when you look at some of the modern styles of rising and recliners, they don’t look like a mobility aid.
A simple yet effective solution to sitting comfortably. These u-shaped neck cushions are ideal for home, car, or travel.
We moved house to have a stairlift. Our previous property wasn’t suitable, and Bridget was stuck upstairs for eight weeks. At one point, A stairlift takes away the effort of climbing stairs, but it also helps keep you independent.
Age UK has partnered with Handicare Accessibility to bring you a full range of stairlifts, including straight, curved and outdoor lifts. Better still, they offer a no-obligation quote and price match guarantee.
When we think of mobility, we associate it with walking, but mobility is so much more. One aspect of mobility that is less spoken about is using the toilet.
As well as grab rails around the toilet, the most helpful aid is a raised toilet seat because it removes a lot of the strain on your knees and hips when you’re using the toilet.
They’re not the prettiest mobility aid, and most don’t want our homes to look like hospitals.
That said, when needs must, a sturdy free-standing toilet frame can help you use the toilet independently, which is the last piece of dignity I want to hold onto.
Easy Access Shower
Whenever we travel, an accessible bathroom is a deal-breaker. And within the bathroom, an easy-access shower is the most critical feature.
Fortunately, we have a wet room at home and whilst it’s usable, it’s dingy and out of date. The Age UK accessible shower range indeed fills me with shower envy. If there is such a thing?
This is wholly a personal thing for me. A walk-in bath beats a shower any day.
A soak in a nice warm bath is not only relaxing but therapeutic. But, the fear of not being able to get in and out of a bath or, worse still, slipping puts most people off. When installing walk-in baths, all Age UK mobility baths are tailored to your individual needs, designed to blend with your existing decor, priced to suit and comets and come with comprehensive parts and labour warranty.
If you want to explore your bathing options, ask for a free, no-obligation, no-pressure quotation.
As you can see, many options exist to make your home more accessible. Age UK is the UK’s biggest charity dedicated to assisting people in making the most of later life, all mobility aids and services supplied through Age UK Mobility come with that piece of mind.
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