If you are someone with limited mobility, you understand how hard it can be to navigate a world that is designed for those with adequate mobility. While most businesses now have wheelchair accessible ramps and disability parking, once inside, the aisles can be hard to navigate, as well as finding a place in an auditorium. If you just need an extra hand now and again, such as a railing, you won’t find those in every room in a business. Or, sometimes you just move slower, which can be hard on those behind you.
Able Care Group offers stairlifts, wheelchair ramps, platform lifts, and elevators. We offer straight rail stairlifts, curved stairlifts, and outdoor stairlifts. We offer commercial ramps and vertical platform lifts. As a family-owned and operated business, we’ve been helping people overcome obstacles for over 30 years. We understand that when you’re at home, you want to be comfortable and feel safe. Below, we’ll offer up tips on how to manage your home with limited mobility. Contact us today to learn more!
TIPS TO MANAGE YOUR HOME WITH LIMITED MOBILITY
Many people (and not just those limited by mobility issues) fall as they are entering and exiting their home every year, especially if the weather is bad. There are a few simple things you can do to make your entrances and exits smooth and graceful every time:
- Invest in lighting. If you have a dim light on your front porch that’s exceedingly old, then you need an upgrade. First, invest in LED lighting for your existing outdoor light fixtures. Next, consider investing in pathway lighting that you can install along your walkway from your front entry to your car and along a footpath if you travel it often. Able Care Group in New Jersey recommends that you purchase solar lighting. That way, you won’t have to worry about wiring; the lights will charge themselves during the day and last all night long. If you have stairs, you can install lighting on the stairs themselves as well so you make sure you don’t miss a step.
- Install more banisters. If you have a stairwell, first make sure your existing banister is sturdy and easy to reach. Next, consider installing a banister on the other side of your entranceway. Having two banisters makes navigating the stairwells much safer, especially if you have say, for example, a broken left foot.
Flooring, surprisingly, can harbor many hazards for those with limited mobility. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to make your flooring safer to navigate:
- No rugs. Rugs are tripping hazards even when you have excellent mobility. The problem with rugs is that they bunch up. This means you have to lift your feet higher than normal, which, if you aren’t thinking about it, you will forget to do, which is when you trip. Rugs are also hard to roll over with a wheelchair or step over with a walker. If you love your throw rugs, you can put a non-slip mat underneath your rug to help it stay in place and not bunch up to make your home more manageable with less mobility.
- Keep the floor clean. When you have limited mobility, the less you have to step around, the safer you will be and the less likely you will trip. It’s hard to roll over items on your floor or navigate a walker around as well. Thus, you’ll want to keep your floors picked up. Shoes, toys, groceries, and laundry are all frequent items we tend to put on the floors. Keep your home nice and tidy to make you home easier to navigate when you have limited mobility.
- Keep the floors dry. Whether you just came in from shoveling the driveway or you spilled some water on the floor, you’ll want to dry that up as soon as possible so you don’t slip.
- Eliminate uneven floor surfaces. Carpet is notoriously hard to walk on, even though people love that it is soft and warm, especially in the winter. Hardwood floors are the ideal choice for those with limited mobility. They are great for wheelchairs and walkers. If you have any uneven flooring in your home, such as between rooms, you need to take measures to even the transition out.
- Wear shoes in your home. As much as you may like to wear socks around the house, socks inherently slip on hard surfaces. Able Care Group in New Jersey recommends that you wear non-slip socks around the house to make it more mobile friendly.
CHOOSE THE ABLE CARE GROUP IN NEW JERSEY FOR ALL OF YOUR ACCESSIBILITY SOLUTION NEEDS
There are times in life when you need help getting around, whether you broke your leg, you’re recovering from surgery, or you have a longer term disability. Able Care Group in New Jersey offers the best stairlifts, ramps, and platform ramps. We offer exceptional wheelchair ramp installation service, as well as installation for our stairlifts and platform ramps. We offer 24/7 support and financing for up to six months. We also offer veterans special discounts, and we guarantee installation on all of our products within 72 hours.
Our stairlift company is 100% committed to our customers and wants to make sure you are completely satisfied with your ramp or chair lift for stairs. If you have questions about which product would be the best for you, call and talk to one of our friendly representatives. We can tell you about the benefits of all of our ramps, platform lifts, and chair lifts for stairs. Call today for more information!