Living with a disability can make tasks that most people find easy extremely difficult. Whether it’s getting to the shops or just getting out of bed, dressing, feeding yourself or just managing pain, there’s no doubt that the struggles are real. Thankfully there are ways to make things that little bit easier, and getting your property up to scratch is one of them. Here are some ideas for going about it.
In the sitting room
Having a cozy and comfortable place to sit at home and relax is so important. For some disabilities, standard living room furniture will suffice but for others, you might need specially adapted pieces. You could check out aged care chairs, they’re designed for those will disabilities in mind and are useful for all kinds of conditions. Other kinds of chairs and sofas can be remotely operated to help you get from a seated to a sitting position more easily. Reclining beds also offer a similar kind of thing and can help you to sit up and get up if you have limited mobility.
On the stairs
Getting up and down stairs can be problematic for those with a disability. In some cases, it can be worth adapting your ground floor so you don’t need to use stairs at all, otherwise moving to a property that’s over one floor. However, if you do need to be able to get up and down stairs there are options. Stair lifts can be helpful, you can also get home elevators which can take you in your wheelchair up to the second floor. Stairs can be very dangerous for those that are vulnerable, in the case of elderly people a fall down the stairs often leads to a broken pelvis. This is an injury that many people go into hospital with and never come out, it’s extremely dangerous.
In the kitchen
Kitchen taps with a pull out attachment can be great with people with disabilities as they can be pulled out and used while seated or from a wheelchair. If you have a condition like arthritis, it’s worth getting taps which have an easy on/ off swivel as you don’t need grip strength to swivel it on and off. If you don’t use a wheelchair but still have limited mobility and find standing painful then one option would be to use a perching stool. These can be adjusted so that you’re sat at the right height for your worktops and can allow you to prepare food and cook at the hob, even if you find standing painful or difficult. Since they have supportive backs and sides they will keep you safe from falling too, so different from regular stools. There are also aids and appliances on the market which can help disabled people in the kitchen, they can do things like increase grip and leverage. From bottle and jar openers to specially adapted scissors, graters, tin openers and more there are lots of options and are useful as they can help you to keep your independence.