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Monday, 22 October 2018

According to Age UK Trading, 20% of people aged 60 to 69 have made adaptations to their home to help them prepare for older age. Nobody likes to think about getting old, but the fact remains that planning ahead is the only way to maintain your independence and enjoy those golden years in the comfort of your own home. By following our five simple tips, you can turn your home into a safe and comfortable haven, ensuring you stay in complete control for years to come.

Elderly Couple Enjoying Breakfast

Make Your Bathroom Easier to Use

Wet, slippery surfaces can be dangerous at any age, but loss of mobility and balance will make the bathroom increasingly difficult to use. Luckily, there are countless practical solutions that can help you stay safe even in the bathroom.

We strongly recommend installing grab rails next to the toilet, and especially in the shower or bath. The Polished Stainless Steel Curved Grab Rail is stylish and very discreet, while remaining just as durable and reliable as other, less visually appealing bathroom rails.

Though not as discreet, the Homecraft Half Surrey Toilet Surround Rail is the perfect solution for anybody requiring a little extra assistance when lowering themselves or rising from the loo. The Bio Bidet Supreme BB 1000 is quite an investment, but offers the ultimate bathroom comfort and cleanliness.

Adapted Bathroom

Make It Safer to Move Around the House

The first step towards this goal should be removing all clutter, loose mats and rugs, which can be trip hazards, from the house. Consider re-arranging the furniture to create clear paths between rooms.

If you have stairs in your house, we recommend installing a hand rail, or even a stairlift. It might be a good idea to consider having all your essential facilities (such as toilet, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom) on one floor. While this may require major adaptation to your house, it could some day prove itself to be a wise decision.

Take Care of Comfort in the Bedroom

Getting a good night's sleep can turn into a challenge as you grow older, so it's important to upgrade your bed to optimise your sleeping position. We recommend investing in a comfortable orthopaedic pillow, such as this Mediflow Water Base Orthopaedic Pillow or a Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow, as well as a hypoallergenic, breathable cover and a high-quality mattress.

When rising from the bed becomes a bit of a problem, installing a bedside rail can turn out to be of great help. This Bedside Econorail is incredibly discreet, and can be easily set up or removed according to your needs.

Ensure Excellent Visibility Throughout

Having high-quality lighting installed throughout the house can work wonders in helping you get about safely. We suggest investing in a remote control light that works with a motion sensor to switch the light in the room on automatically.

Happy Elderly Couple

If you're living with blindness, poor vision or dementia, there is a range of products that can make your day-to-day activities easier. For example, this Talking Button Alarm Calendar Clock gives you the time and date at the press of the button in a clear, English male voice.

Stay Safe If You're Dealing with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a much more common problem than you might think. If you've been struggling with hearing the doorbell, or answering the phone in time, it might be a good idea to invest in a range of specialised products that are designed to make your life easier.

The Amplipower 40 Amplified Telephone features extra receiving volume control of up to 40dB and receiving tone control up to 10dB, while the AmpliDECT 595 Amplified Cordless Phone Twin Set is perfect if you want to keep your phone always at hand as you're moving around the house. For those who are considering adapting their home to be friendlier for the hard of hearing, we also recommend the following brilliant products:

Are you considering adapting your house and getting prepared for older age? Share your tips and experience in the comments below, or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Using an exercise ball can do miracles for your overall health and well-being, with benefits ranging from improved posture and lower back pain relief, to strengthening your core muscles and regaining control of your balance. Read on to find out which exercises are most suitable to experience the results you want, and how you can find the right Swiss ball for your needs.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Finally getting the right diagnosis for your unexplained fatigue, pain, fragile skin and exceptional flexibility is a great relief, but more often than not, that's where the treatment of most incurable yet non-life threatening conditions ends. EDS, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, most definitely belongs in that category, and learning as much as you can about it can make living with this condition a lot more bearable. Read on to find out what causes it, how you can easily recognise it, and what you can do to relieve the most common symptoms.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Recovering after a stroke is a long and arduous process, and in some cases it can take years for the person to fully recover. Speeding up the process and maximising the patient's chances of a complete recovery, physical rehabilitation is of the utmost importance. Most hand exercises are very simple to learn, but finding the best ones is sometimes a hassle. To help you regain your fine motor skills, we've gathered the Best Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients all in once place.

Monday, 9 July 2018

With summer practically begging us to spend as much time outdoors as we possibly can, finding a great way to get some exercise and improve your health shouldn't be too difficult. Whether you're trying to lose a few pounds, get in better shape or simply do your future self a big favour, walking is one of the best options out there. Read on to find out why you should take up walking this summer.

Friday, 22 June 2018

While overheating is rare in cats, the problem is frequent with dogs. We know how easy it is to think this could never happen to your furry best friend, but the fact is we often overestimate their ability to tolerate heat that might still be perfectly acceptable to us. We've come up with a list of seven tips that can help you both prevent dog overheating in the first place, as well as help your canine companion in case you've already noticed any of the signs.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

If you don't break a sweat while running, you're doing it wrong. But sweating, especially from the face or head, is not always as acceptable as during a workout, or on a hot summer day.

If you seem to be sweating even when there's no real cause behind it, you're most likely here because you are trying to stop this embarrassing yet generally harmless problem. Read on to find out how you can stop excessive face sweating with our 5 Simple Tricks.

Monday, 11 June 2018

A bunion can be easily recognised by bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe. Other common symptoms of a bunion include swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint, corns or calluses formed on the base of the big toe, restricted movement of your big toe and painful feet. If you've been experiencing any one of these signs, read on to discover how you can get rid of bunions in the comfort of your own home with these Foot Exercises for Bunions Treatment Without Surgery.

Friday, 1 June 2018  |  Paul

If you require oxygen therapy, you might find that the jargon and technical knowledge surrounding your equipment can prevent you from getting the therapy that you need. As such, our guide on How to Choose an Oxygen Cylinder is designed to clear away the confusion and help you to find your perfect sized oxygen bottle. Read on to learn more!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018
How to Stop Excessive Sweating

Sweating, especially in hot weather or right after working out, is perfectly normal, so you shouldn't worry too soon. If, however, you tend to sweat even when your body doesn't need to cool down, you might be suffering from excessive sweating, also known is hyperhidrosis. To help you fight this common condition without having to see a doctor, this short article on How to Stop Excessive Sweating includes some of the best suggestions for how to efficiently deal with excessive sweating and regain your confidence.

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