For many people remaining in their family home as they get old is very challenging. As we age the ability to move effortlessly around a large family home becomes a thing of the past, and the family home becomes a test of our mobility, and a constant challenge.
Mowing a large lawn, climbing stairs, keeping on top of cleaning, keeping walm: these are all things that become difficult as our energy levels, general moblity and physical strength deteriorate.
Many people find themselves down scaling to keep things more manageable. Although this is often an intelligent move people are often so attached to their old homes that they don’t like the idea of moving and would rather find ways of staying in the family home for which they have so many memories.
If this is your choice there are a few practical steps that can really make a big difference. The first of which is to install stairlifts throughout the house. Stairs are often one of the biggest issues in big family houses. Often climbing 2 to 3 sets of stairs can take way too much physical energy that is just isnt plausible past a certain age.
Installing stairlifts is one way of getting around this problem. Stairlifts designs are a lot more stylish than they used to be and they no longer have to be the eye soar on your houses’ interior that they once were. It is also possible to purchase reconditioned stairlifts which are a lot cheaper than buying them brand new.
A simple search for manchester stairlifts in my home town brought many results. Many of the companies installed the stairlifts for free and I was surprised by the choice and range of options available.
This is just one of many practical steps that may make life easier in a large home.
If this however is out of the option or not financially viable it may be worth considering other options. If mobility is an issue it may be worth considering the possibility of moving bedrooms to the ground floor and restructuring the house design so that smaller distances have to be made.