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Adapting the home to make it safe for the elderly

Small changes within the home to enable a loved one to live safer can seem daunting, especially if that individual has lived in their home for a long time.

Adapting the home for an elderly person should make it easier for them to navigate around their home and make it safer for them to execute their daily tasks without the risk of injuring themselves. The safety of homes differ from house to house, but even small changes can make a great impact in minimising the risk.

Your local council offers a service that assesses your home and recommends changes to help. Having a home assessment is usually free. At Connect Care we can help with this process and make it a smooth transition with minimum stress.

These changes can be small or big and include:

  • fitting a stairlift or a banister on the stairs

  • adding a bath lift, walk-in shower or a rail you hold to pull yourself out of the bath (grab rail)

  • widening doorways

  • lowering kitchen worktops

  • putting in an outdoor ramp or step rail

  • security, such as outside lights and intercom systems

Equipment that can help

Going to the toilet

  • a chair with hidden toilet (commode) – if getting to the toilet is difficult

  • push button to flush the toilet

  • raised toilet seat

Using the bathroom

  • slip mat for the bath or shower

  • a rail to help you get out of the bath or shower

  • easy to turn handles for taps

Cooking and eating

  • a kettle with a holder to make it easy to pour

  • knives and forks with special handles to make them easy to hold

  • easy to grip jugs or graters

  • cups with 2 handles

Getting out of bed or out of a chair

  • a rail you attach to the bed (grab rail)

  • straps to help you lift your leg (leg lifters)

  • things to raise your bed

  • reclining chairs

Getting dressed

  • hooks to help pull zips, undo buttons and pull jackets on

  • gadgets to help put socks, tights and pants on

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