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Bad on your feet? Thanks to this tip you can continue to live in your own familiar environment

Whether you are less mobile due to old age, an accident or a disability, people often see moving as the only solution to be able to live comfortably. This while you would prefer to stay in your own familiar. Fortunately, that is not always necessary. Bad on your feet? Thanks to this tip you can continue to live in your own familiar environment

Restricted mobility is not age related

When people hear that someone has difficulty walking, most immediately think of an older person. However, that is by no means always the case. According to the latest figures, 1 in 10 Dutch people aged 12 to 75 years has a disability to a greater or lesser extent. Of course, many nuances can be made here, because limitations are a broad concept. However, you can assume that a large part of this has to do with limited mobility.

Especially parents with children, young people and adults who are confronted with this are faced with a difficult position. Stairs are number 1 when it comes to obstacles for people with limited mobility.

Although moving is an obvious choice, at a time when there is a shortage on the housing market, it is not an option for many people. Add to this the fact that people prefer to stay in their own familiar environment and you understand that it is very difficult for these people. Fortunately, there are various options for continuing to live in your own area, including buying a stairlift.

Has walking difficulties? Thanks to this tip you can continue to live in your own familiar environment

For people with walking difficulties, a house on the ground floor is the most ideal solution. Unfortunately, that is a dream for many people, because they live in an apartment, a single-family house or a flat. And that is precisely where the problem lies:these homes are often only accessible by lift or stairs. Now an elevator is perfect, but not feasible for a porch flat or an upstairs apartment.

In order to be able to continue living in one's own home or house, a solution is therefore needed to avoid climbing stairs. This can be done by installing a stairlift. A stairlift ensures that you can go up from the bottom without any problems and vice versa, without jeopardizing your own safety. That way you don't have to trade in your own house for another environment.

There is a good chance that you are now wondering:'How much does a stairlift actually cost?' To get straight to the point:a stairlift is many times cheaper than arranging a complete relocation, especially if it concerns an owner-occupied home. The cost of a stairlift depends on various factors, but starts at around 1,600 euros. Don't want to buy a stairlift? Then you can also rent it. Ideal if, for example, you are only temporarily mobile due to an accident.

Other tips to make your own living environment more pleasant if your mobile is limited

With the installation of a purchased or rented stairlift you are of course not there yet if you have difficulty walking. Also at home you will have to (temporarily) adjust some things to your immobility. Think of the following things:

  • Less furniture, so that more walking space is created, especially if you use aids such as crutches, a walker or wheelchair
  • Make sure there are as few barriers as possible in the house
  • Wear sturdy slippers in the house to prevent falls/slips
  • Make sure there is enough space in the bathroom
  • You can use a shower stool for showering
  • Remove loose rugs, as they can cause falls

Some of the things described above can be achieved quickly and easily, while others cost more time and money. Fortunately, there are also jars available for some situations, so that you are entitled to compensation for the costs. This makes it easier to realize things like a stair lift and adjustments in the house. So don't forget to check whether you are entitled to a subsidy. This can be done at the municipality, but in many cases your health insurer can also help you on your way.