If there are everyday tasks that are becoming increasingly difficult, you might be thinking about adaptations to your home. Examples could include needing help with:
answering the door
using the bathroom or toilet
using kitchen equipment safely.
Sometimes you may need to consider a greater adaptation, for example if you run into trouble:
in and out of your home
moving around your home
using part of your home, such as bathrooms or kitchens.
If you lose vision or hearing or are having problems with your memory there are also a variety of technologies and tools that can help you with your specific needs.
Types of adaptation
For tasks that used to be easy but might have become more difficult, there are many varieties of adaptation and equipment that can make your life easier. Some examples include:
installing a downstairs bathroom
fitting a stairlift – for information on Stairlifts Bristol, visit a site like Pearce Bros, providers of Stairlifts Bristol
lowering worktops in the kitchen
installing outdoor stair rails or ramps
installing grab rails in bathrooms
fitting a second staircase banister
Equipment – riser chair
perch bench in the kitchen or bathroom
safety equipment, such as a pendant or alarm
Small kitchen aids – kettle tippers
easy-open can opener
Deciding what you need
If you think you need a few adaptations to your home, you should contact the adult social services department of your local council, the local doctor or Clinical Commissioning Group, and request an assessment by a therapist working (OT). This assessment is free.