When you are recuperating and rehabilitating from an injury or medical procedure, mobility aids can provide invaluable support and access. From walkers and canes to lifts and wheelchairs, these devices help prevent further injury during recovery- facilitating healing. These same aids make sense for longer term usage, as well- such as in the homes of seniors or those living with medical issues or conditions. Talk to your doctor to determine the best aids for your situation.
If you are recovering from surgery or an injury, mobility aids or equipment can make life easier, while also ensuring that you are safe from falls and subsequent injury. It makes sense to plan-ahead and implement access wherever and however possible- from ramps and lifts to grab bars and railings. These installations are ideal for seniors that want to age in place- as well as those that want to create a more accessible living environment for someone with physical limitations or disabilities. Whether temporary or long-term mobility aids can help.
Some other strategies include these healthy living tips that enhance accessibility and safety around the home:
- Secure steps and stairs with sturdy handrails for support going in and out of doors, homes, or accessing other areas of the home.
- Arrange furniture thoughtfully, working toward maintaining a wide pathway through the entire home’s living space.
- Get rid of small scatter rugs that could cause stumbles or falls. For area rugs, consider adding double-sided tape to secure the rug to the floor.
- Use non-slip adhesive tread to steps, stairs, and landings for added grip underfoot.
- Be vigilant about keeping your floors clear and clutter-free at all times- particularly stairs or steps.
- Watch out for loose cords or wires, such as your cable wire or extension cords; ask for help in securing these out of sight and out of the way.
- Make sure that you have ample light throughout the home, but especially on stairways. Have a switch at both the top and bottom of the staircases to make them safe.
- Always use a non-slip rubber mat or sticky treads to the inside of the shower stall and tub.
- Install grab bars near the toilet, sink, and tub in the bathroom for an added support, as needed.
- Raise the toilet seat to help prevent falls when standing or sitting. These are easy to install and found at your mobility retail venue.
- Invest in a shower or tub bench. These are small enough to permit others to shower around them but make it a lot easier for those with limitations to get in and out to bathe.
- Use a few night-lights throughout the home to illuminate dim corners and spaces.
- Set your water heater to a safe temperature to prevent accidental scalding. Consider setting it around 120-degrees F to avoid burns.
- Unplug your electrical appliances when they are not in use. This creates a safer living environment but might also cut down on your utility costs over time!
- Install a touch lamp near the bed for fast and easy illumination.
- Use reachers and long-handled mitts for bathing and ADLs (activities of daily living) like getting dressed.
- Ask your doctor about openers for tricky medication bottles or vials.
- Modify your bed with portable rails to help you get in and out independently.
- Talk to a mobility vendor about dressing sticks to help get feet dressed and pull on socks without the risks associated with bending down to do so.
- If you struggle with joint or muscle pain, you could benefit from arthritis gloves. These gloves help ease the pain and allow you more flexibility with your fingers and hands.
- Invest in a safe stepstool with a safety rail for reaching tall or high regions of your home. Don’t ever use a chair to access these items- you could easily fall.
- Reconfigure cabinets and cupboards so the items you use most are within reach, around waist-level is recommended.
- Get rid of clutter and objects that are taking up space and crowding your living environment.
- Consider buying a firm sofa that will provide more support when you sit or stand. Lift chairs have mechanisms that can give a boost to those who struggle with mobility issues; talk to a mobility retailer to learn more.
- Get rid of any loose, swivel, wiggly, or damaged furniture that could end up causing an accident or injury. Plus, this gives you a chance to streamline the living space and create more room to get around.
Are you recovering from an injury? Do you struggle with accessibility issues around the home? You could benefit from mobility aids and devices to increase access and everyday convenience. At Pacific Mobility, we have decades of experience in matching our clients with the right mobility equipment; call today for a no-obligation assessment.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)