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Gardening With Limited Mobility Tag: accessibility

If you have mobility issues one of the most important things is to be able to get out and enjoy fresh air and stimulation without having to venture too far from home. This is why having gardening as a hobby can be a great activity, as it gives a place to relax, keep active, and enjoy the benefits of a mobile and independent lifestyle. 

With that in mind, this post is going to look at some of the best tips and advice to help anyone who has trouble with mobility to garden at home in a comfortable and enjoyable way. 

Tips For a More Comfortable Kitchen Tag: accessibility

Kitchen with fridge and oven

When you have limited mobility, cooking can be a difficult and frustrating task. And if cooking and preparing food is seen as a cumbersome or even painful activity, then that really limits the availability of not only healthy foods, but causes dependency on others. 

Luckily, with the right accommodations anyone can still have fun in the kitchen regardless of any challenges that may be due to age, illness, or injury. You don’t have to spend a fortune structurally renovating in order to create an accessible kitchen. There are much smaller modifications that can be easily made to improve how your food is prepared. 

Getting and Using a Walker: What You Need to Know Tag: accessibility

For many people with mobility needs, especially as they get older, getting around from place to place can be a challenge. There are problems stemming from overbalancing, as well as the inconvenience of needing regular rest periods.

A walker is a great way of providing additional support, which not only helps people to maintain and improve their independence and confidence, it also helps them to remain safe and secure when getting out and about. 

A walker — or as it’s sometimes referred to as, a rollator — is similar in construction to a walking frame, but with the addition of wheels and brakes, with both 3 and 4 wheeled options available.

What To Know Before Starting Your Electric Scooter Journey Tag: accessibility

When it comes to retaining your independence and making sure you can still get to all the places you want to go with ease and comfort, using an electric scooter is a fantastic aid.

But if you’re new to owning one, whether you’re upgrading from wheelchair use or new to mobility aids, it’s important to ensure you have all the knowledge you need to operate your mobility scooter safely. 

5 Types of Grab Bars, Why You Need Them, & How to Install Them Tag: accessibility

Living independently with a disability often requires a few extra tools and supports that help you stay safe while you’re at home. Unfortunately the shower and bathtub are among the most dangerous places in the home for people with disabilities, and there’s no avoiding using them. 

The big reason for this is there is a risk of slipping, coupled with no safe place to land if you do fall. However there is a small but valuable tool that can change all of that: Grab Bars. 

Grab bars give you an extra place to brace yourself and something to hold onto that will make falls a little less treacherous if they do happen. 

There are many types of grab bars that work for more than just the shower or bath and you don’t have to break the bank to get the right one. You also don’t need to change the walls of your home or drill holes for every model, depending on the type of support you need. Use this guide to discover which grab bar is right for you and how it’s installed.

Do You Need A Home Elevator? Getting One is Easier Than You Think! Tag: accessibility

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. 

Small Supports That Can Help You Stay Comfortable & Independent In Your Home Tag: accessibility

It is incredibly frustrating not to be able to move around and be comfortable in your own home. To need help just getting out of bed, positioning yourself to read, work, or eat, and even reaching for a snack in the pantry can make a person feel like aging or their disability will always stand in the way of their independence.

Thankfully, there are some support items that can help you stay comfortable and increase your independence safely. Here are some of the products we carry that while little can make a big difference in your life. 

Accessibility Tips For Hosting Guests Tag: accessibility

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. 

Accessible New Year’s Resolutions Tag: accessibility

There are a lot of things that are imperfect with your typical New Year’s resolution, with them often becoming either a stressful burden or a forgotten cliche.

However, there are ways of making this time-honoured tradition one you can approach with confidence and enthusiasm this year.

You can start by following this guide to implementing accessible New Year’s resolutions that will be suitable for everyone in 2021. 

The Best Accessible Hiking Trails On Vancouver Island Tag: accessibility

When it comes to the first thing people want to get out and do once they have their new mobility scooter — the answers are usually the same! People want to be able to explore the diversity and wonder of Vancouver Island’s many hikes and trails.

But it can be difficult to know beforehand which trails are easily accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Here’s a list of some of our favourite accessible hiking paths and trails on Vancouver Island.