Top Tips to Increase Independence in the Home for Disabled People

this post answers the following questions
1. How can you help disabled person to be independent in their bedrooms?
2. How can living room be more comfortable with a disabled person?
3. Can disabled person still cook in the kitchen?
4. Is there a shower seat for disabled person?
5. What other disability products for home you can use at the bathroom to help the disabled person?

In the last few decades life for many disabled people living in the UK has increased exponentially. There is greater disabled access to public buildings then there ever was before and disabled people are able to have careers, socialise and go about their daily lives much as an able bodied person can.

However, when it comes to purchasing a home the majority are not set up for use by a person with a disability and in most cases home adjustments will need to be made in order to allow for independent living.

If you’re about to embark on a bit of home remodelling to make where you live more accessible and easy to use then follow these simple tips to ensure you make the most of equipment designed for use by disabled people.

Bedrooms

For wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility getting in and out of bed can be a real problem. You can purchase beds that can be adjusted by remote control to gently move the user from a lying to a seated position, making getting out of bed a lot easier.

Living Rooms

One of the most useful pieces of equipment that can be implemented in a living room is adjustable seating. This can be operated by remote control so that users can adjust their position when seated in order to avoid aches and pains and other medical conditions which go along with remaining in the same position for long periods of time.

Some remote controlled seating can move users into an almost upright position which means they don’t have to make a great effort to stand up.

Kitchens

Ordinary kitchens can be a major problem for wheelchair users because nothing is set at the right height and there is no space underneath hobs and work surfaces for a wheelchair to fit in. This means that cooking and food preparation becomes practically impossible. Kitchens for wheelchair users are set at the correct height and have space under hobs and work surfaces allowing wheelchair users to cook for themselves.

Bathrooms

If you want to be able to use your bathroom without the help of others then you will need an accessible shower, toilet and sink. Specialist equipment will be set at the right height for wheelchair users or those with mobility problems and shower cubicles will be larger than normal to allow access. In addition, reinforced shower doors can be put in place that will take the weight of a person leaning on them.

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If you have difficulty standing for long periods of time you can also include a shower seat which will allow you to sit down while you wash.

Don’t forget to include showering aids at strategic point such as in the shower and around the toilet so equipment can be used easily and safely.

Disability products for the home information, prodcuts, and advice. Jade is an avid writer and blogger who likes to cover all things domestic – especially for the mobility restricted reader.

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