Home improvements can be an excellent way to enhance your living space, increase the value of your property, and make your home appeal more to potential buyers if you decide to sell in the future.
Home improvements can also make your property more secure and accessible i.e. as you get older and require additional support to remain living independently at home.
With this in mind, here are some budget-friendly ways to adapt your home:
Upgrade the bathroom
The bathroom is a high-risk area for slips, trips and falls and many accidents involving elderly or disabled adults occur in the bathroom. In particular, getting in and out of the bathtub can become difficult or impossible, especially when the surfaces become wet. Getting on and off of a low toilet can also become challenging, particularly as people become older or develop conditions with their backs or knees. For that reason, you must consider ways to make this area safer and reduce the risk of accidents occurring. Luckily, there are many simple ways to make your bathroom more accessible:
- Add anti-slip carpet or matting, especially around the toilet and bathtub/shower.
- Install handrails next to the toilet and shower area.
- Use equipment to raise the height of the toilet.
- Switch to a walk-in shower or bathtub and get a shower seat or bench to make bathing more convenient.
Install a chair lift
As people become older, they often find it more difficult to navigate stairs safely which can lead to accidents and injuries. According to the National Safety Council – “around three million elderly adults attend emergency departments every year due to injuries from falls and over 800,000 are hospitalized.” Fortunately, there are many simple ways to adapt your home and make it more accessible. Many specialist companies now offer stairlifts and wheelchair elevators that suit residential properties.
Once installed, these allow elderly or disabled adults to navigate any stairs in their house with ease, thus reducing the risk of falls or injuries occurring in the home. This means that many elderly or disabled adults can remain living independently and safely in their own home, without the need to relocate to a single-story property.
Don’t forget the exterior
When considering improvements to make your property more accessible, it’s important not to forget about your home exterior. Many accidents occur before people have even entered their house i.e. tripping on uneven paving slabs or due to inadequate lighting in the area. Hence, you should make sure that any pathways or entrances to your home are free from obstructions and in good condition.
You should consider replacing steps with a ramp if you or a loved one has limited mobility. It is also important that the entrance to your home has adequate lighting to ensure proper visibility and to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries. Installing motion sensor lighting will make sure that your outdoor space is sufficiently lit during the evenings and help you feel safe when returning home during the evenings.