Make Your Home More Comfortable as You Grow Older

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:

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Polished Stainless Steel Curved Grab Rail
  • Stylish sleek design with a polished mirror finish
  • Provides support and stability in the home
  • Curved to provide more style and an ergonomic grip
  • Available in three sizes to suit most environments

Homecraft Half Surrey Toilet Surround Rail
  • Side-section rail for use beside a toilet, sink, or bath
  • Screws to the floor for maximum stability
  • Suitable for use with the left or right hand
  • Assists with lowering to and rising from bed or toilet

Bio Bidet Supreme BB 1000
  • The ultimate in bathroom comfort and cleanliness
  • Automatically washes, cleans and dries the user
  • Warm water wash and blow dry
  • Supplied with remote control so that everyone can enjoy using the Bio Bidet
  • Fits to most standard toilet pans

Mediflow Water Base Orthopaedic Pillow
  • Reduces neck pain and increases the quality of your sleep.
  • Water within the pillow customizes to your exact needs.
  • Tested through a clinical study against other types of pillow and out performed the competition.
  • Soothe your night time stress, freshen your appearance and restore your energy!

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow
  • Durable and long lasting with five-year warranty
  • Non-allergenic, non-toxic foam for safe and cozy sleep
  • Designed for spinal alignment and sleep comfort
  • Works for all sleeping positions, including side sleeping

Bedside Econorail
  • Most portable bed rail in the world;
  • Strong, lightweight design;
  • Supports up to 136kg;
  • Easy assembly.

Linido Grabrail for Stair Newel
  • Deluxe stair newel grabrail;
  • Angled for the corner of stairs;
  • Ergonomically designed;
  • Available in left & right angled;

Talking Button Alarm Calendar Clock
  • Ideal for people with blindness, low vision or dementia
  • A clear, male voice announces the time, date and day
  • Includes an alarm with announced setting
  • Compact design sits flat and secure on any surface

Geemarc Amplipower 40 Amplified Telephone
  • 40db receiver volume (4-5 times louder than a standard telephone).
  • Ideal for people with moderate to considerable hearing loss.
  • Loud, clear receiver volume.
  • Easy to use with large clear buttons.

Geemarc AmpliDECT 595 Amplified Cordless Phone Twin Set
  • Big-button and talk keypad for easy use
  • Maximum adjustable receiving volume of 50dB
  • Hearing aid compatible to suit any user
  • SOS button stores up to four emergency numbers

Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Shaker
  • Extra-loud volume ideal for the hard of hearing
  • Vibration pad for under pillow provides physical prompt
  • Alert lights and red display for easy viewing and visual aid
  • Adjustable functions for optimum use

Geemarc Amplicall 16 Doorbell Amplifier
  • Extra loud ringer of up to 95dB
  • Camera flash ring indicator
  • Long range of up to 30m
  • Wall and desk mountable

Geemarc CL7400 Amplified TV Listener Headset
  • Allows you to hear the beauty of sound with amazing sound quality transmission
  • Features a continuous usage time of 8 hours and a charging time of 6 hours
  • Can be turned up to 125dB SPL for use by those who are hard of hearing
  • Constructed for use with a TV, laptop, MP3 player, iPods and more