If the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle is to be believed, education is the best provision for old age – and when it comes to adapting your living space to suit your mobility needs, the ancient thinker’s mindset is right on the money.
Although you may feel like a teenager mentally, your ageing frame often tells a very different story, with some crucial everyday tasks now requiring your mind and body to retrain and adjust to a new way of doing things.
Whether you struggle to climb the stairs in your home, wince getting in or out of your favourite chair, or even shudder at the effort involved in bathing yourself, it’s time you took Aristotle’s advice and learned more about what you can do to make your advancing years markedly easier.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a practical list designed to help you restyle your home and lend a much needed hand if you’re struggling to come to terms with the mobility restrictions associated with old age …
Relax to the Max
When you were a much younger person, getting in and out of a chair was easier than batting your eyelids – but these days, it’s become a battle of wits between body and mind, with your body typically beaten and your mind eventually lost.
However, thanks to the quality of modern mobility chairs from some of the world’s leading brands, including the sought after Lazyboy recliner, you can relax in comfort and, when it’s time to get up, even be helped to your feet thanks to the integral riser motion of the chair.
Don’t Lose On Snooze
We all know how difficult it can be to find a sleeping position that doesn’t cause a pain in your neck, a twinge in your back or an ache in your leg. However, you probably don’t realise that your 30-year-old bed is doing you more harm than good.
Consequently, it’s important to invest in a specially designed mattress and adjustable bed, with both intended to improve your comfort levels and move you into a position that puts pain to sleep and allows you to get a restful night’s slumber.
Feel the Power of Your Shower
If you’re unstable on your feet or unable to lift your legs over your old bathtub, this can be a recipe for disaster. Aside from the obvious dangers of falling and injuring yourself, the emotional anguish of not being able to wash can be equally as distressing.
As a result, why not swap your existing tub for a walk-in shower, which features a comfortable seat to make slips or trips a thing of the past. Even better, it means you don’t need to rely on anyone else when the time comes to wash away the grime of the day.
Now it’s over to you …
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