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Do You Need A Home Elevator? Getting One is Easier Than You Think! Category: Home Safety

Getting around your own multi-story home is relatively simple if you’re able to climb stairs. But if you aren’t, whether due to age or disability, heart or lung issues, vertigo, or whatever the reason is, if you find climbing stairs difficult or impossible it makes going around your own home very frustrating. 

Not being able to manage stairs in your home can potentially lead to being forced out of your home into a bungalow or building with an elevator to avoid the issue. 

However, there is a better option! 

A home elevator is a safe and effective option for getting around stairs. You might have considered this option in the past and thought it was not available to you or that it was out of reach due to the cost. 

But, a home elevator might be a lot easier to have installed than you thought. You don’t need a custom home or to completely alter your existing structure to get a lift installed that will help. 

Accessibility Tips For Hosting Guests Category: Home Safety

Old woman in yellow shirt with walker

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the last 12 months, it’s how much we can come to miss the small joys of hosting guests. But regardless of whether you’re hosting someone from your core bubble, or planning a visit for when restrictions are lifted, if you have a family member or friend with accessibility needs, there are certain steps you can take to make their experience that much easier. This is especially important if they’re going to be regular visitors to your home. 

While you might not be able to fix or accommodate every need for accessibility, at least informing visitors of the situation can help alleviate unexpected stress. 

Choosing the Right Aids for Daily Living Category: Home Safety

Living independently and being able to rely on yourself is something that can sometimes be a challenge. Particularly now during the Coronavirus pandemic, when many of us are finding ourselves isolated, away from our usual support system of friends and family.

Adjusting to life in isolation can be a stressful experience and having the right equipment will certainly help make the change easier to deal with.

Having access to the right aids also helps relieve a lot of stress and makes it easier to gain independence in the best of times. 

We offer a lot of items that can help with performing household tasks that might otherwise be a struggle. Read more about some daily items that might be useful to have around the house. 

How To Look After Your Wellbeing During A Period Of Self-Isolation Category: Home Safety

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For the most vulnerable in society the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just presented a health risk - the self-isolation it’s required has also taken its toll on their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

That’s why we’ve created this post, with a guide to some of the activities, practices, and general advice you can follow to help lift your spirits if you’re in a period of extended isolation.

Coronavirus Advice For Caregivers And Wheelchair Users Category: Home Safety

woman in wheelchair smiling at laptop on table

Nothing is more important to us than our community of valued clients. And having worked to provide aids and equipment to people with a variety of conditions and disabilities, we’re aware of how hard this current climate is for our customers.

With that in mind, here’s our advice as to some of the best practices and guidance for our customers to navigate accessibility issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

No matter what you do—it’s essential to check with professional medical advice first, and this can be found by consulting your doctor or visiting the official government website

A Guide To Bath And Shower Safety Category: Home Safety

When it comes to ensuring that a property is accessible and safe for people with a wide range of mobility needs it’s important to consider every room. In particular, you need to consider the unique challenges and concerns associated with it. For the bathroom, everything is centered around the bath or shower. Getting in and out of the bath or shower is one of the biggest challenges for anyone with mobility issues — and providing comfortable and accessible solutions is vital. 

Why Is Bath and Shower Safety Important? First and foremost — being able to bathe in comfort is a necessity for everyone. This makes bath and shower safety one of the first things that must be taken care of if you or someone living at your property has mobility needs. But beyond that, there are a few key areas that reinforce just how important bath and shower safety is. 

Our Guide To Skin Breakdown Prevention Category: Home Safety

Man in wheelchair

For anyone who spends a significant amount of time in a bed or wheelchair, skin breakdown can be a serious problem. Once the onset of skin breakdown has started it can escalate, and spread, quickly - this makes preventative measure vitally important. Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, there are a range of measures that can be taken to help prevent skin breakdown. Should you need treatment a prompt and decisive response can help to prevent the spread and escalation while offering relief from the symptoms of skin breakdown. 

Aids To Daily Living Category: Home Safety

There are aids designed to ensure your daily life is safer and easier for you, all while allowing you to maintain your independence. Concern over whether or not they will be able to carry on living in their own home is usually one of the first things we hear from our customers. This is often complicated by the change in mobility and needs that comes with aging.

Thankfully, there are a wide variety of products that are made specifically for these circumstances, and we can help you find exactly what you need in order to make your daily routine easier.

Knee & Hip Surgery Checklist Category: Home Safety

A-P X-ray of a complete hip replacement. Photo credit the American National Institutes of Health on Wikimedia.

Hip replacement and knee replacement surgery are some of the most common surgeries performed in Canada. While recovery times vary for everyone, the majority of patients take from 6 to 8 weeks to recover fully.

During that time period, you'll need a few things to help keep you mobile, safe, and supported. We've put together a list of some of the most common equipment needed by those recovering from hip and knee surgeries. For the most part, both kinds of surgeries require the same items, with only a few exceptions.

Working With Occupational Therapists Category: Home Safety

Occupational Therapists review the Activities of Daily Living Simulation Suite at the University of Salford. Photo credit @salforduniversity on Flickr.

One of the most common things we hear from our customers is, "I just don’t even know where to start!"

Disability can be very overwhelming for yourself and loved ones. You want to live in your own home for as long as possible, but you also want to be safe and secure. Occupational therapists are there to make that happen for you.

An occupational therapist is trained to assess your abilities, disabilities, home and environment, and your personal specific needs. And don't worry, this can all be done free of charge!