While your parents sacrificed for many years to ensure you had the best possible start in life, there comes a time when we repay their love and kindness by taking care of them in their later years.

If your parents are in their 70s or 80s and you are planning to invite them to stay, here are some essential add-ons to feature in your home to aid mobility.

  • Install a stairlift – Contact a local company that offers stairlift services in Lichfield and ask them to send an engineer to your home, where you can discuss the options. You can either buy or rent a new or reconditioned stairlift and service is included in the package.
  • Support handrails – Next to the toilet and in the shower are two places to install support rails, which afford solid support; wet rooms are dangerous places and you are advised to get a few rubber non-slip mats for the floor and bath.
  • Walking aid – If either or your parents have issues walking, invest in a couple of aluminium walking frames and leave one upstairs and one on the ground floor.
  • Mobility scooter – There are models for interior use and models for both indoor and outdoor use. Foldable solutions are ideal for travelling to a local park or do some shopping. Today’s battery powered mobility scooters are easy to use and maintain; simply leave the vehicle on charge when not in use.

For more information, search online for mobility aids and be well prepared for their arrival.

Kara Nico