As the years pass us by it’s inevitable that our health may start to deteriorate. Whether it means you don’t feel as mobile as what you once were or you’re developing a more complex health issue, it’s perfectly normal not to feel as agile as what your younger self may have been. For some older people, concerns can start to set in that if any health issues do develop, they’ll no longer be able to live safely and independently.
With this not only being a worry for older people but for their relatives as well, Agincare wants people to understand that it is still possible to live safely and independently, even if you are experiencing problems with your health. As part of their recent campaign, Aging Care have created five room designs which can be applied to people living with the likes of visual and hearing impairments. To help you understand this in more detail, we have selected a few of the designs and shared them below.
How to adapt the home for those living with a visual impairment
The first step is to make sure as much natural light is entering the room as possible, so ensure curtains and blinds are fully open. Many items of furniture can often be made from similar materials, so try and select different textures so areas of the room can be easily identifiable. Another tip when it comes to furniture is to opt for items which stand out against the surrounding walls. For example, if you have pale walls then choose a darker colour sofa so it stands out more clearly.
How to adapt the home for those living with a hearing impairment
If you have a relative who has a hearing impairment then it’s important to make everyday life that little bit easier. To start with, you may want to install a hearing loop to the most commonly used area of the home. This will allow anyone with a hearing impairment to be able to hear conversations and TV programs more easily. If you have safety concerns around cooking and electrical appliances, then it might be worth considering fitting the oven with a timer which flashes light when the cooking time has finished.
How to adapt the home for those living with frailty
Mobility issues are extremely common for older people, so making small changes around the home can have a positive impact on day to day life. Firstly, it’s important to make sure that the home isn’t cluttered, as an area with lots of items can increase the risk of a fall or more serious injury. Tasks such as reaching things from a cupboard may no longer be as simple as they once were, so replace high cupboards or shelving units with storage boxes which are kept at a suitable height.
Hopefully by reading this post you can start to understand that just because people get older and develop health issues, it doesn’t mean an independent life can’t be lived.