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Future Proofing Homes – adapting a home for an older person.

A survey commissioned by Age UK found that millions of older people worry about falling over, with hip fractures being a common injury caused by a fall. Falls are also the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75, and in many cases could’ve been prevented by simple adaptations around the home.

By making these simple adaptations, the risks of falling can be greatly reduced, and the home can be made safer and significantly increase a person’s quality of life, whilst enabling them to stay in their own home for longer.

There is a rising demand in the UK for adapted and accessible homes as an increasing number of people are living for longer or living with long term health conditions or disabilities.

Simple adaptations can also play a larger role, by relieving pressure on social care, care homes and hospitals.

Depending on a person’s needs, adaptations can range from handrails around the home, to smart technology throughout.

Below, we look at some of the adaptations that can be made to a home, to future proof the property and prevent injuries.

Adaptations to future proof a home

Stairlift

A major problem with many homes, is narrow and steep staircases. Handrails on either side of the staircase can prevent falls, and although a big investment, a stair lift is a great way to prevent falls, particularly for those people who do not wish to move their bedroom downstairs or cannot relocate their bathroom.

In some homes, it may even be possible to add a through-floor lift to enable free and independent movement around the entire home.

Accessible bathroom

The bathroom can be a dangerous room in the home for everyone, so it is important to minimise the chance of accidents. Choose floor tiles that are non-slip and add grab rails and handrails in the room to reduce the risk of falls. There are a wide range of accessible baths and showers and toilets available for elderly people or people who are disabled or have limited mobility.

Accessible kitchen

There are several adaptations that can be made to a kitchen to make it safer and more accessible for an elderly person. Non-slip flooring can help avoid slips and falls, and wheelchair height or rise and fall units can be added to allow safe use of the kitchen.

Widening doorways

Many homes often have narrow entrances and doorways, which makes accessibility for wheelchairs and walking aids difficult. Widening interior and exterior doors will help significantly with moving around the home.

Level access

Where possible, design a home with level access and no steps to the entrance. This allows access in and out of the home for people who are unsteady on their feet, using a walking aid or are wheelchair dependent. Level access should also be considered from the home into the garden where possible.

Smart technology

In today’s modern world, there is a wide range of technology available to enable a person to live independently and stay in control of their health and wellbeing.

Smart lighting, heating, and vibrating or flashing alarms can all be added to a home to make day to day tasks easy to carry out.

 

We are experts in future proofing homes, and design homes that are adaptable to any possible changes, to enable you to stay in your home for as long as possible.

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