Seniors with Mobility
It is becoming increasingly common for elderly individuals to want to live on their own for as long as they possibly can. When they start to have limited mobility, it can be dangerous for them to continue to live alone. There are modifications that can be made to a home to make it easier for the person to get around though. The following guide walks you through a few ways a home can be modified to better suit the needs of someone with limited mobility.
Add a Stair Lift to the Stairs in the Home
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Going up and down the stairs can be very dangerous for someone with limited mobility. They could slip and fall, leaving them tumbling down the stairs. Their bones are fragile, and this could lead to them breaking something badly.
A stairlift can be installed on the stairs for the elderly person to be able to safely get to the second story of their home. Many people wonder “how to choose a stairlift?” without knowing that the stairlift company will send a representative to the home to discuss all of the options that are available. This allows the family to make an informed decision about which option is best for their elderly relative.
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Invest in a Mobility Scooter
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A mobility scooter is a great investment for someone who has limited mobility. It allows them to get where they need to go quickly and safely. There are mobility scooters available in different sizes, styles, and colors to make finding one that is perfect for the elderly person in your life a breeze. It is important to take the person with you when shopping for the scooter to ensure that it is comfortable for them to sit in.
Have a Ramp Installed on the Exterior of the Home
Walking up and down steps when trying to come in and out of the home can be as difficult and dangerous as the ones inside. As most exterior steps are made of brick or concrete, falling on one of them could instantly break a bone. A ramp can be built in front of the entrance to allow the person to easily get in and out of their home.
Purchase a Walker for the Person to Use
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A walker can be a great way for someone to still be able to get around on their own two feet without having to risk falling as much as they would if they walked on their own. It is important to purchase a walker that is adjustable so that it fits the person’s exact height. Many people choose to purchase a walker that has wheels attached to the rear legs to make it easier for the person using it to maneuver it around.
Invest in a Cane
If the person is starting to notice that their mobility is becoming limited, but they are still able to move around on their own for the most part, a cane may be all they need. Canes are available in many different styles, lengths, and made from many different materials. It is best to have the person pick out their cane themselves so they can choose the one they feel comfortable leaning their weight on.
It is important to talk to your loved one about any concerns they have when it comes to their limited mobility. They may be able to help you think of other adjustments that need to be made to the home, such as adding handrails, to make it safer and accommodate their needs more.
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