If your elderly parents are coming to stay for a few weeks and you’re concerned about their welfare, you have come to the right place, as we offer a few tips on how to make your home a safer place.
- Rent a stairlift – There are companies that offer rental of local stairlifts in Gloucester and they handle everything, removing the unit at the end of the rental period. Your parents will be happy when they see the stairlift, which is easy to operate.
- Handrail supports – Adding a few in the bathrooms should be a priority; non-slip rubber mats help to prevent a nasty fall; wet rooms are dangerous, with sharp corners and hard material.
- Aluminium walkers – If you invest in two, one for upstairs and one for the ground floor, mum and dad can use them whenever they feel the need.
- Check floor levels – Tour the house looking for raised steps; you are aware of this, but your parents might not, create a small ramp, or if that isn’t possible, make mum and dad aware of these obstacles.
- Shower chair – These are perfect for those who are unsteady on their feet, rather than standing, wheel the chair into place and have a seated shower.
The stairlift supplier can install the unit and after your parents return home, the unit is removed. If your parents live in a two-storey home, you could arrange for a technician to visit and issue a quote for a permanent stairlift.