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By Joëlle Thiffault on

Adapting your home for a disabled loved one

As life evolves, sometimes it becomes necessary to adapt our environment to our changing needs. This is particularly true when supporting a person with a loss of autonomy. Making a home more accessible and safer can significantly improve the quality of life for our seniors or anyone with specific needs, helping them continue their daily activities. Here are some tips for adapting your home for a disabled loved one, thus transforming your living space into a suitable and welcoming place.

Safety first

Safety is paramount. Start by eliminating fall risks. Remove slippery rugs, secure electrical cables, and ensure each room is well-lit. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and toilets, as well as anti-slip mats, can prevent falls. Also, consider functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Accessibility and mobility

Accessibility is a crucial aspect. If you live in a multi-story home, consider installing a stairlift or arranging a bedroom on the ground floor. Doors should be wide enough for a wheelchair, if necessary, with thresholds flush with the floor and easy-to-handle door handles. Minimize physical obstacles that may hinder movement, and install access ramps, handrails, and grab bars to facilitate movement in areas prone to falling.

Bathroom adaptation

The bathroom requires special attention. Opt for a walk-in shower and a shower seat. Also, consider a wheelchair-accessible sink and a raised toilet. Lever faucets are easier to use for people with grasping difficulties. A lifting device greatly facilitates transfers, allowing caregivers and health professionals to provide care more effectively and safely.

Practical and safe kitchen

In the kitchen, adjust the height of the countertops and prioritize easily accessible storage. Appliances should be accessible and safe, with clear and straightforward controls. Light switches and electrical outlets can be placed at an accessible height, and cabinets can be equipped with ergonomic handles for easier opening and closing.

Comfortable and adapted bedroom

The bedroom should be a haven of peace. Ensure the bed is at the right height and easy to access. An adjustable-height bed can be beneficial. Place a lamp, a phone, and anything else that might be needed at night nearby. Depending on the health condition of your loved one, a special mattress to prevent bedsores and assistance devices for getting in and out of bed might be necessary.

Technology to the rescue

Technology can be a valuable ally. From personal alert systems to motion detectors, these tools can provide additional peace of mind. Moreover, home automation devices, such as voice commands or automated lighting systems, can facilitate access to essential home functions, thus offering greater independence to residents.

Professional consultation

Do not hesitate to consult an occupational therapist for personalized advice. These professionals can assess specific needs and recommend appropriate home adaptations for your needs and budget.

Adapting a home for someone with a loss of autonomy is an act of love and commitment. These modifications may seem daunting, but they are essential for providing comfort, safety, and independence while facilitating the work of caregivers and health professionals. Financial assistance from government tax credits and subsidies can also help defray the costs. At Humanika, we support you in caring for your loved one, offering respite and practical help.

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