Posted on 09/07/2020

Choosing the right equipment to improve accessibility at home

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Choosing the right equipment to improve accessibility at home

Accessibility at home, both indoors and outdoors, is vital for many people to stay independent and confident.

Negotiating steps, stairs and thresholds at home can become difficult if someone is living with reduced mobility or recovering after an operation. However, products such as ramps and steps can improve access to indoor and outdoor areas, making the day-to-day more manageable for those who require support staying mobile.

Here’s an easy way to reduce step height

If someone has reduced strength or mobility in their lower body, tall steps can be difficult to navigate as they require someone to lift their legs higher and use more strength to push themselves up. A half step can offer a quick way to reduce the height of one step and make it into two smaller, more manageable steps. It can be an ideal solution for making accessibility easier at the front or back door, helping someone to feel confident about leaving and entering their home independently.

Portable ramps can improve accessibility for wheeled aids

Depending on the style and size, ramps can be used on different steps around the home to improve accessibility for wheeled mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A folding ramp allows for easier storage and can potentially be moved to other steps to improve accessibility where needed. Threshold ramps are also available to help wheelchairs move comfortably over raised doorways in the home.

Remember to consider the different types of ramps, as well as the size and width, before purchasing to ensure it will fit securely onto the step or threshold where it is required.

Walking aids to help to keep the home accessible

If a person is living with reduced mobility they may require some support when moving around at home. A walking frame can promote safety and accessibility to different areas, by improving stability and helping to reduce the risk of falls. There are plenty of styles to choose from which can be suitable for different requirements, including walking frames with forearm rests that may be suitable if someone is unable to support their weight with their hands and wrists when using a traditional frame, and narrow frames to fit through smaller doorways.

If someone is unsure about which walking aid would best suit their needs, they can also contact our product advice service at [email protected] to receive professional guidance from one of our friendly Occupational Therapists.

There are lots of aids that can improve accessibility at home and promote both independence and confidence for anyone who needs support when navigating steps, accessing home entrances and moving around indoors. To view the full range of ramps and steps or mobility aids available at NRS Healthcare, please browse our website.

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