For couples with low mobility, it may seem that going into a residential unit is an inevitability once you get older and less able to do the things that you once did. However, this does not have to be the case. Research by the Live In Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk) in their No Place Like Home Report shows that a huge percentage of people would much rather stay in their home than move into a residential care unit. Whether or not you have mobility issues, you should be able to stay where you feel most comfortable, and for most couples, this will be together in their own home. With that being said, below we will take a look at some of the things that you can do in order to stay together with low mobility.
Make changes to your home
The first thing you need to do is consider what changes you can make to your home to make it easier for you and your partner to get around. There are so many different products available today for people with low mobility. For example, there are a number of different solutions in terms of going to the toilet, including a raised toilet suit, a push button to flush the toilet, and a chair with a hidden toilet if getting to the toilet is too difficult. For the bathroom, you can also get easy to turn handles for taps, a rail to help you get out of the shower or bath, as well as slip math for the shower or bath. There are items to help with virtually every task in the home. This includes cooking and eating, with everything from cups with two handles and kettles with holders to make it easier to pour. You can also get reclining chairs and things to raise your bed, as well as leg lifters and grab rails.
Aside from making changes to your home that will make it easier for you and your partner, the second piece of the puzzle is to make the most of the help that is available to you. This includes the help that your friends and family are offering, as well as considering care services. There are so many home care services that are available today, so you should have no problem finding something that is just right for you. This could simply be a carer that comes in a couple of times a week to help with different tasks. Or, they could come in once or twice every day. Or, maybe you would both benefit from the services of a live-in carer?
As you can see, there are a number of different things that you can do in order to make your lives together more comfortable if you and your partner both have low mobility. A lot of people assume that going into a residential care facility is the only solution. However, as you can see, this is not the case. There are plenty of other options available to you.