As your golden years approach, it is more important to make your home
as comfortable as possible. When living in your home for any length
of time, it can be easy to accumulate things that you don’t need
and your living area can become quite cluttered and furniture can become
less suitable than it was when first purchased.
It may be time to overhaul your home and make it more comfortable as
you age so here are five ways to make your home more manageable in your
With advancing age, balance can become more of an issue and the probability
of falls is increased so it is vital to remove the clutter from your
home and ensure that there are no trailing cables that could be a hazard.
Go through each room in your home and work out what you can get rid
of and what you would like to put in storage to ensure that there is
enough room to move freely around your home without injury.
If you find yourself in need of the use of a wheelchair, your home
may feel unsuitable if you have stairs but there are many ways to utilise
a wheelchair while living in a two storey home. Look into wheelchair
lifts and install grab rails to various areas of your home to help
you manoeuvre around more easily when using the toilet or bath. Your
bathroom can often be modified to provide easy access to amenities
so being in a wheelchair does not mean that you and your family home
need to part.
Take a look at your bed. Often many back and joint problems can be
down to poor posture and a sagging mattress on your bed. If your bed
is in serious need of some tender loving care and you can afford a
new mattress, try getting an orthopaedic mattress or a memory foam
mattress that will cushion your joints and align the bones in your
back and neck to improve your sleep. If a mattress is beyond your price
range there are a range of mattress toppers to add proper support to
any sagging mattress and your body will be glad you made the choice.
Improve the lighting in your home. Many falls are due to poor lighting
causing objects to be tripped over more easily and so more adequate
lighting should be added to your home so that obstacles can be negotiated
and reduce the risk of accidents.
Many people find it more difficult to bear the cold as they reach
their golden years so make sure that your boiler is serviced regularly
and if the boiler is coming of age, you may want to consider replacing
it with a more energy efficient boiler that will provide oodles of
heat without the expensive energy bills. Try and make your home as
energy efficient as you can and look into grants from the government
to provide elderly citizens with funding towards getting a new boiler
or insulation replaced.
These are just five ways to make your home more comfortable but make
sure that you look around your home and you will find a great many ways
to make life easier in your later years.