Adapting Your Home
Adaptations can make your home safer and support your care in your own home. My Care My Home can offer you advice on which adaptations would be most suitable for you, and how to go about getting them carried out.
Access ramps will allow you to easily access and exit your home meaning that you will not be tied to the house.
Adaptations to your Bathroom
Often, having an accessible bathroom can make all the difference to whether or not someone can live independently.
Bathroom suites have evolved over recent years, and designer bathrooms are available with features that make them much more user-friendly.
Wet rooms, low-level shower trays and walk-in baths can be used independently by people with limited mobility, while a bath lift or bath seat and a strategically placed grab rail or two can really enhance safety.
- Shower stools & chairs, for easier showering sitting down.
- Toilet aids & accessories, giving you the support you need.
- Fitting anti-scald taps and non-slip flooring, to avoid scalding and reduce the risk of slipping.
- A stair lift can provide you with a great deal of freedom and independence.
- The unit can be fitted quickly and simply.
- The unit can be fitted to a straight flight of stairs or a curved set of stairs.
- They are easy to operate.
Adaptations to your Kitchen
Adapting your kitchen to suit your needs may be easier than you think, making it easier for you to remain in your home and look after yourself.
- Height adjustable or freestanding units.
- Wall-mounted base units without plinths, to allow foot-room for wheelchair users.
- Adjustable shelving to enable positioning of the oven and fridge at a convenient working height.
- Shallow sink bowls, allowing sufficient knee room underneath for a seated user.
- Taps with levers or no-touch, infra-red controls.
- Hob controls at the front for easy, safe access.
- Ovens with doors that open sideways rather than downwards may be easier to work with.
- Equipping existing wall cupboards with a smooth pull-down mechanism means that wheelchair users can reach storage space that would otherwise be inaccessible.
There are many systems available that can link you to your care provider or relatives allowing you direct contact with them should you need assistance. The units can be hardwired or battery operated.
- You can have a wrist strap call button, a pendant call button or a mobile pager
- They are easily installed and easy to use
- You will have peace of mind knowing that you can reach your caregiver or relative at the press of a button
- Likewise your care provider and relatives will share that peace of mind knowing that you can call them if you need to
- Some systems will allow you to speak with your caregiver and relatives
- After installation most systems do not require ongoing service costs.
State of the art sensors and monitoring systems will alert a care provider or a loved one when you are at risk of wandering or falling. There are also systems that can monitor when you leave your bed. These systems can also be used in conjunction with a floor sensor-pad
Telemedicine is a system for providing immediate specialised care to patients in remote or rural community settings or in a domiciliary environment where experienced or qualified clinicians are not available.
- Often sensor systems cost very little or nothing to install; you just pay for the equipment and plug it in when and where you wish.
- They can be used in conjunction with other equipment.
- They offer flexibility as they can be linked to either a supplied pager system or through your existing call system.
- Ideal for monitoring when someone has fallen, wandered too far, left a room or building or their bed.
- Emergency care can be provided quickly and on demand.
- The cost and hassle of travelling to visit your GP or hospital is minimised.
- The system is secure and allows the users to communicate clearly and efficiently.