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Staying independent at home - top tips

PUBLISHED: 10:35 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 17 August 2015

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Most people would prefer to stay living independently, but sometimes to do so requires a bit of help. Here are just a few tips for staying independent

Consider adapting your home

Aids and adaptations can make your home much easier to live in. Simple things like long-handled shoehorns and grabbers can make dressing easier. Raisers can make beds and chairs much easier to get in and out of. Kettle tippers can be the difference between making a cup of tea and not bothering. Grab rails are great for getting in and out of the front door. Other adaptations might be bigger, like installing a ramp or re-siting a shower downstairs. Age UK has a website with information on adapting your home, and local mobility centres stock a range of equipment.

Keep safe

Door intercom systems, secure locks, security lights, burglar alarms, carelink alarms, fire and smoke detectors all help give peace of mind.

Make sure you are claiming all you are entitled to

If your needs have changed, so might what you are entitled to. Billions of pounds benefits and credits are left unclaimed each year. And are you claiming the Attendance Allowance?

Get in some help

The notion of getting help doesn’t always sit comfortably. But help with the day-to-day chores such as cleaning, shopping, walking dogs, meal preparation, home maintenance and repairs, really can make all the difference even if it’s only occasional.

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Home & Company can help you with any of these aspects of living independently, or alternatively signpost you to the best place. Call on 01273 434190 or find us at www.homeandcompany.co.uk

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