Elderly individuals and those that suffer with physical disability are usually at the greatest risk when it comes to accidents within the home. As people age, their physical ability begins to wane, and this can make them much more susceptible to the common hazards we all experience throughout our domestic spaces.
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Ali Asghar 30 from Oldham in Manchester has lived with cerebral palsy for most of his life. However a rapid deterioration in his condition left his body too weak to climb the stairs and so his sister, Rehana Kouser, stepped in to help.
Social services have a clear emphasis on helping people stay independent for longer, and it has been recognised that one of the ways of achieving this is to help to make people's homes safer and more suitable for them to live in when they have reduced mobility or disabilities.
With a growing older population worldwide and frequent complaints in the media about the inadequacy of services for older people in the UK, it begs the question where are the world's best places to grow old in?
Isolation among the elderly has long been recognised as a widespread problem, and never more than now, following the news of the elderly lady who had died at home and remained there undiscovered for over six years until bailiffs forcibly entered her property in June. The problem is not unique to the UK, as a very similar discovery was made recently in France in the city of Rouen. In both cases, neighbours were shocked that this could have happened right on their doorstep.