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We spend years making our homes the perfect places for us, set up just the way we like them, but will your home still be your haven in years to come?

Reduced mobility can make all kinds of everyday tasks more challenging than when we just used to take them for granted. Unfortunately, most of us experience some level of reduced mobility as we get older, either through conditions such as osteoarthritis, perhaps after a fall or other accident, or simply through the natural ageing process.

And with more people living longer, the number of people coping with limited mobility is rising. Yet most of us want to remain living independently in our own homes for as long as we possibly can, which can present practical difficulties.

The solution is simple – adapt our homes to meet our changing needs for daily living. There is now a wide range of living aids available which help us continue to enjoy the homes we love by making simple changes to the way we use them. The one bringing the biggest single benefit to anyone struggling with mobility is an Acorn Stairlift.

As moving around our homes becomes more difficult, the biggest challenge can be climbing the stairs. It can leave you breathless, in pain and even in danger of falling… and if there is one place you don’t want to fall, it’s on the stairs. Some people find themselves increasingly restricted to a single storey of their home, perhaps setting up a downstairs bedroom, while others face the unwelcome prospect of moving, with all the anxiety and upheaval that brings.

It needn’t be that way, as an Acorn Stairlift completely eliminates the obstacle of stairs at a single stroke. It allows you to glide smoothly up and down stairs in safety and comfort as often as you like, enabling you to continue using and enjoying all of your home. Made in Britain, Acorn Stairlifts are extremely adaptable and will fit virtually all types of staircase. They can also be installed within a few days of ordering, even on curved or return staircases, even next day is urgency is paramount.

Installation is quick and simple, with no disruptive structural work and no mess, and because we manufacture and install so many stairlifts – more than 60,000 per year – the cost could be much less than you think. Booking a free, no-obligation home survey will answer all your questions and provide you with a personalised quote, with no hidden extras and valid for a whole year. It’s you first step to securing your independence at home both now and well into the future.

While an Acorn Stairlift is your best weapon in combating reduced mobility, there are lots of other ways to adapt your home to make daily life easier. If getting in and out or your bath is difficult, there are various motorised bath lifts, or special accessible baths with an opening door. Alternatively, you could replace the bath with a walk-in shower, complete with seating, which could be a better option if you’re not bothered about a long soak in the bath.

Grab rails can be fitted around the home, anywhere that you need a helping hand or a bit of extra support. And these days, many of them are stylishly designed and with an attractive finish, so your home doesn’t start to look like a clinic or hospital.

Replacing one or two steps with a ramp, perhaps at your front or back door, or maybe in the garden, can be done quite cheaply, and again a short handrail will give extra support. If you have several steps outside your home, an Acorn Outdoor Stairlift is the perfect solution, bringing all the benefits of our indoor stairlifts, but in a fully weatherproofed version.

Simply replacing your bed with one that stands higher off the ground, or is electrically-adjustable, is another great way to adapt your surroundings to meet changing needs. Similarly, high seat chairs or electric riser-recliners can make getting up and down a lot easier. Simply using a walking stick or walking frame can really boost your security and make it easier to get around by using the strength in your arms as well as your legs. Some people resist using a cane as they feel it makes them ‘look old’, but it’s only the same as wearing glasses when your eyesight starts to deteriorate.

And just like good spectacles, the right cane can almost become a fashion accessory! There are now some very attractive canes and walking sticks on the market, including ones with ergonomic handles which provide great support. Finally, you might want to consider wearing a personal alarm around the home, just in case you have an accident or get into difficulty.

While not strictly a home adaptation, it could bring enhanced peace of mind that help is only the push of a button away, especially if you live alone. And just like an Acorn Stairlift, the peace of mind it brings you will extend to your loved ones, who will feel happier knowing that you can continue to live safely and independently in your own home.

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