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Looking AT Mobility As You Get Older

One thing in life that is guaranteed is, we all grow older.  It is something we have no control over, and with ageing this brings on new challenges in life.  For many of us we have watched our grandparents and now parents getting older.  We see things that we take for granted, are not so easy anymore.

One area that is noticeable is mobility.  When we are younger, this is something we just take naturally, not noticing how we slow down.  Or how things we did without thinking suddenly become harder. I have seen this in my parents, I suddenly realised how their mobility is changing.  Just little things but still noticeable,

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How can we help?

As we get older, so do our parents, one day we suddenly realise roles are reversing, as we start to take care of them. This can be a shock as you never really see it coming,  You are the one who needs the answers, and be there.  I know from experience that moment you suddenly realise your parents are elderly and do need support. The one thing I noticed first was mobility, they were slower in walking, sometimes losing their balance and falling., this was just the start.

There is help out there, search Age UK Mobility and they come up with suggestions to help those with mobility issues.  Plus also give you peace of mind.

Stairlifts

Stairlift

One main area is the stairs, something we all take for granted every day, several times a day.  But for someone elderly this can be more like getting ready to climb the highest mountain.  With a Stairlift they can go up and down the stairs safely and also carry things up or down. Which before would have been a danger to them.

Walk In Baths and Showers

walk in bath or shower

This is one that seems to have been a problem in with my parents.  Suddenly they find it difficult getting in and out of the bath, or slipping in the shower. Updating the bathroom will maintain their Independence plus giving everyone peace of mind.

It is a difficult subject to talk about, looking at these two options really can make a difference and the one thing I have learnt when dealing with elderly relatives is.  They refuse to admit they need the help this way they keep their Independence and stay safe.

Have you had to look at these options? Or do you have any other ideas that would benefit others?

 

 

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22 Comments

  • Sim @ Sim's Life
    8th June 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Some really great ideas for helping older relatives who may have mobility issues. I’ve noticed slightly more aches and pains during lockdown, but am putting that down to not moving as much as normal… that and the fact I’m growing older 🙁 Sim x

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    • admin
      8th June 2020 at 2:27 pm

      As my husband keeps telling me I am a Granny now lol, I am noticing a few more aches and pains as well x

      Reply
  • joanna
    8th June 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I was actually thinking about this the other day, when I felt so tired to go back downstairs after I settled in bed, just because I forgot my water bottle. Indeed, our bodies do start to get rusty after a certain age, little by little. I am in my 30s and I already feel my knees.

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 10:17 am

      I agree with you I am in my 50’s and can feel little things

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  • Rebecca Smith
    8th June 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve looked into them before for my elderly family members. My grandad currently has a stair lift but they may end up needing other things soon.

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 10:17 am

      Stairlifts are a great idea we could never have one here as our stairs are too steep

      Reply
  • Sarah Bailey
    8th June 2020 at 10:17 pm

    These are some great ideas for things that can help as your mobility declines. I definitely need to try and think about a walk in shower (I’ve been saying that for ages as my housing are dragging their feet).

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 10:16 am

      We are looking at this for our bathroom as well for a variety of reasons x

      Reply
  • Melanie williams
    9th June 2020 at 11:13 am

    Some people forget as we get older ourselves or others around us need these additional aid…there are some great ideas here x

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 12:43 pm

      You do forget or try to forget and not want to admit you need these aides, but they do help and do mean you can continue a normal life x

      Reply
  • Liam | Whatthedadsaid
    9th June 2020 at 11:30 am

    Its not something i thought o much about at the moment but walk in showers/bathrooms are an excellent idea, they became popular anyway over the last 20 years again and can look great, but they have the added benefits off helping people in there daily life.

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 12:42 pm

      It is something we rarely think about, until we are faced with needing too, walk in showers are becomming more and more popular

      Reply
  • Sally Akins
    9th June 2020 at 11:59 am

    This is certainly a worry we’ll all face at some point – I already panic about slipping in the bath!

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 12:42 pm

      We are looking to renovate our bathroom next year and take the bath away completely, as I have slipped in the bath and it hurts x

      Reply
  • Linda Hobbis
    9th June 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Mum broke her hip last year so we have had to adapt my parents’ home. It’s surprising just how much variety there is in terms of mobility aids. As for me, I do notice the odd niggle now and again. Time to take the Omega 3 I think!

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    • admin
      9th June 2020 at 12:41 pm

      It is surprising once you start looking at what there is available to help x

      Reply
  • Jenny
    10th June 2020 at 9:56 am

    My mum has both a stairlift and a walk in shower which she finds really helpful

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    • admin
      10th June 2020 at 10:18 am

      They are a great help if you need them x

      Reply
  • Kara Guppy
    11th June 2020 at 11:42 am

    My mum and step dad are looking at buying a bungalow as starting to struggle with the stairs, will have to look into a stair lift for them to see if that would help them stay in their house

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    • admin
      11th June 2020 at 12:46 pm

      That is an option and would be a cheaper alternative especially if they love the home they are in x

      Reply
  • Jess Howliston
    11th June 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Great suggestions! I do think mobility can be a big factor for people as they get older and I think people may worry about keeping mobile so that they can keep their independence rather than moving into a care home etc. It’s great that there are lots of products out there that can help now though isn’t it.

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    • admin
      12th June 2020 at 9:45 am

      This is it, it is the independance they want and making adjustments to the home can make a huge difference x

      Reply

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