The inconvenience and frustration that can arise from a lack of mobility is a very real problem. Daily tasks such as bathing, cooking or simply getting around the house can become a significant challenge. So what changes can be made to ease the burden?
1. Grab rails
A simple but effective way to help you retain your balance. These can be fitted in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or any other area of the house where you may need extra assistance making daily activities that bit easier.
2. Half steps
Making the step from ground level over a threshold may look easy, but when you have reduced mobility and need extra support, a half step is good option. And if you need to take it around with you, it’s lightweight and easy to transport.
3. Overbed tables
An extremely practical accessory that can be used to hold food, drink, books or any other possessions, all conveniently within arm’s reach. You can also use mobile tables with a riser recliner armchair.
4. Bath hoists & lifts
Safely transferring in and out of the bath can be made easier with a bath lift and there are many models available to suit your individual needs, including ones with reclining backrest so you can still enjoy a good soak in the bath.
5. Raised toilet seats
These can help to maintain your dignity and independence by making access on and off the toilet easier to manage alone. Again, there are a number of different options, including height, to suit your individual needs.
6. Shower seats & chairs
A good way to make showering easier, a shower seat provides you the option of being able to sit down where standing for prolonged periods is difficult.
7. Perching stools
If standing for more than a short time is difficult, a perching stool allows you to ‘semi-sit’ while doing activities like preparing food. This reduces the strain of standing and provides an extra level of safety during daily tasks.
8. Walking frames
Also known as zimmer frames, these are a great way to reduce trips and falls and provide a stable way of getting around both inside and outside.
9. Household trollies
These tend to be very popular as they are sturdy and light, so they can be easily manoeuvred to transport food, drink and other items around the house.
10. Specialist adapted cutlery
Options like angled cutlery make eating easier if you have reduced mobility, a limited range of movement or weak grip.
The list above is a good starting point if you are looking for ways to help you remain safe and independent. At Felgains, our advisors have 40 years of experience and have built up a wealth of knowledge about the mobility and daily living aids that can make a difference.
If you would like any more information about our products, including others not listed here, please feel free to visit our showroom, where we will be more than happy to help.