Five ways to adapt your home to age in place

As we age, it’s natural to want to remain in the comfort of our own homes for as long as possible, and private home care in Ireland is just one way to do this.

Utilising such aid means you can live independently in your home when physical and health changes develop.

Private home care in Ireland not only gives you freedom but provides you and your loved ones with some all-important peace of mind.

To make such care even more beneficial and safe, there are a few simple modifications that can be made to a home.

These changes ensure a property is accessible and comfortable for ageing in place.


Install handrails and grab bars

Providers of private home care in Ireland will almost always advise clients to install handrails. These small additions make big impacts by giving extra support and stability when navigating stairs or getting in and out of the shower.


Accessibility adjustments 

To make a home more accessible, adjustments can be made in many areas of a property. Consider installing ramps or widening doorways to make it easier for someone with a wheelchair or walker to move around freely.


Update lighting 

Poor lighting in a home can be a significant safety hazard and put many older adults at risk of serious injury. Providers of private home care in Ireland and suppliers will often advise clients to fit brighter bulbs or additional light sources to reduce the danger of possible falls.


Adjust your kitchen

As we age, it can become more difficult to reach items on high shelves or in hard-to-reach cabinets. As experts in domiciliary care, here at Hibernia we often advise clients to remove shelves or build lower cabinets to make the kitchen more accessible.

Consider a stairlift

Stairs can cause anxiety for many. If you have a multi-level home and struggle with stairs, a stairlift can make it easier to get around your home without fear.

By making these simple modifications, you can help ensure that your home is a safe and comfortable place to age in place.

However, it’s important to consult with a private healthcare professional or occupational therapist before making any major changes to your home. This makes certain they are appropriate for your needs.

A Housing Adaptation Grant for Older People and People with a Disability is available from local authorities if you need to make changes to a home to make it more suitable for a person with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability or mental health difficulty.

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Meanwhile, if you have any questions about our private home care services, please contact Hibernia at (01) 524 0242



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