Data from the last national census shows that around a quarter of those living in Warrington are aged 60 and above.
Even if you do not fall into this category yourself, you will almost certainly have one or more loved ones who do. With advancing years come wisdom and experience. But the truth is that deterioration in some motor skills is also an inevitability as we move into our 70s, 80s and beyond.
Physical limitations are, of course, an annoyance and inconvenience. But for most older people, the more frightening aspect of limited mobility is the potential impact it might have on living an independent life. Those of us fortunate enough to live to advanced years prefer to age in place. The key to doing so successfully is to think ahead and have the necessary tools and aids well in advance of them going from “useful” to “essential.”
Mobility begins at home
Think of mobility and your mind tends to go straight to equipment like rollators, scooters and the like. However, mobility begins at home, and this is where the majority of falls and accidents are likely to happen. Stores like CareCo Warrington have a vast range, with a particular focus on accident hotspots like the kitchen and bathroom.
Staying clean and hygienic without having to call on the assistance of a carer is fundamental to independence. Bathing is also highly therapeutic for both body and mind. But getting in and out of a bath can be a precarious business, even for those in peak health! Simple accessories like non-slip bath mats and bath seats are inexpensive, do not need specialist fitting and allow anyone to bathe in comfort. Where stepping into and out of the bath is problematic, it is worth considering a bath lift or a walk-in bath with a door.
In the kitchen
A kitchen is a hazardous place, and handling hot cooking implements or kettles of boiling water can easily lead to disaster when you have arthritic hands or are using a mobility aid to get around. Again, there are numerous accessories that make life easier and safer. These include devices to help with opening jars or pouring a kettle, mixer taps with lever controls and trolleys for transporting hot food from stove to table. Consider reduced-height work surfaces with extra access for wheelchair users.
Time for bed
None of us are at our most nimble or alert first thing in the morning or last thing at night. For those who are a little unsteady on their feet, getting in and out of bed needs, therefore, to be made as safe and straightforward as possible. These days, there is a great choice of electric adjustable beds on the market. As well as making it easier to lie down and get up, they provide better comfort for a good night’s sleep. Similarly, a riser recliner chair is a great investment for the living room. Perfect for 40 winks in front of the TV!