This guide contains information about adaptations you can make to your relative’s home to improve safety and accessibility, including introducing hand rails, stair lifts and measures to protect against fires and floods.
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In this guide
Fitting grab rails in a bathroom or by steps is a simple way to help an older person keep their balance and stay safe at home. We explain your choices and how to fit them.
It may be necessary to make some adjustments in and around the home if your relative uses a wheelchair or a scooter. Find out more about ramps and storage here.
Find out about adaptations you can make to your relative's home, from stairlifts and accessible power sockets to remote controls for opening windows and curtains.
Find out about the things you can do to make sure the risk of fire is minimised in your relative’s home.
Few things are more important than being - and feeling - safe in our own home.
Lynne is 82 and lives with her husband John in West Wales. She found getting up and down stairs was painful at times, so they installed a stairlift.
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Frank’s mother Frances is 92 and lives in her own house. She recently fell following a stroke and broke her hip, so Frank knew he had to move her bedroom downstairs.
Read Frank O.'s story