Jan 26

Advice To Make Your Home Safe For Someone With Alzheimer’s

Matthew

If you are getting ready to take on the role of caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, there are a number of steps you should consider to ensure your home is a safe environment for them.

Channel3000 has offered some advice on what to prioritise and how to decide where to start with these changes.

The first thing to do is assess your home safety based on your loved one’s needs and condition. You need to think about whether they can still manage stairs, if they have fallen over recently, and how good their sight is, for instance.

Bathrooms are a good place to start, and there are a number of simple modifications that can make both of your lives easier.

Shower seating is advisable, as well as grab bars and a tap cover for your bath, as this can prevent them from injuring themselves if they slip while in the bath.

Making sure your floor is non-slip, as well as the shower tray or bath, is also essential to help reduce the risk of falls. Another tip is to ensure your water temperature isn’t too hot. Fitting thermostatic anti-scald valves or taps will limit the temperature of the hot water to a maximum of 48 degrees at the outlet.

You may also want to consider fitting childproof latches on cupboards where you store medication or cleaning products. The same goes for the kitchen, with the publication noting that it’s advisable to lock up potentially dangerous items like knives, matches and scissors, as well as cleaning chemicals.

Fitting safety knobs on the stove to prevent your loved one from accidentally turning it on is another sensible step to take.

Given that 520,000 people in the UK currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, according to figures from the Alzheimer’s Society, this advice could be useful for many people.

December sale and Christmas holiday service

Paul | Dec 09 2016

Our Christmas closure this year will be  from the 22nd December, and re-opening on the 3rd January. Of course we will aim to attend to any emergencies during that time if we can.

You can still place orders via our e-commerce facility, and we will process these as soon as we open for business in January.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for their support in 2016! We really enjoy the interaction with such interesting and varied people, and it is a pleasure to assist you with your bathroom solutions.

We wish you a very pleasant Christmas, and a happy and successful 2017!

PS Don’t forget our December sale on walk in baths!

Out with the old – in with the new!

Paul | Nov 25 2016

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Mr M was having trouble using his existing shower bath. The bathroom was immaculate, and a sympathetic result was required. We removed the bath and filled in the exposed areas with border tiles and new white tiles chosen and supplied by the customer. The floor tiles also needed to be patched in, and the customer was able to supply these too. In order to achieve a low step height we used the Impey Slimline easy access shower tray. We installed a waste pump in the adjacent garage, and ran pipes in matching ducting around the tray. Ramps were fitted to aid wheeled access, and the enclosure fitted. Mr M is now able to enjoy safe and pleasant showering.

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