is your safe haven, so make it that way.
Increase your independence by
making it accessible, comfortable and most of all safe.
Our house is like living in a land of
giants, "everything" is raised up so I can get up and down on my own.
When we purchased our home we found a one story rambler. We were
fortunate enough to be able to remodel so I have a walk-in shower, ramp
to the front door and handicap toilets. A lot can be done however
without going to the extreme of finding a new place to live and there
are a lot of adaptive devises you can use. There are organizations that
can help you get your home ready and no or at a low cost to you. Try
service organizations such as the Eagles, Rotary Clubs, Churches, etc or
the MDA. Here are some of the things I have done:
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Bed built up on a high wooden frame or
buy cone raisers (great for traveling- $15.00 at Bed, Bath & Beyond)
Install handicap toilets (Not that
difficult to install and can be purchased for about $150.00)
Use a commode over the toilet and or add
a raised toilet seat. (Raised toilet seat $25.00)
Install grab rails by your bed, in front
of or on the side of the toilet. Also beside and inside the shower or
Use high stools (bar stools) or office
chairs that can be adjusted high or low.
Raise tables and desks by installing
longer legs or adjustable legs.
- If you can afford it, there are arm chairs
that raise up.
(I got mine cheap at a auction)
Install easy grip drawer handles &
Buy easy grip utensils and specialty
bottle and flip-top can openers