Decoration tips taking mobility problems into account
Everyone loves doing a home freshen up between seasons or updating the decor that has been around too long! It’s no secret that our ideas about our home change as we age, but so do our needs.
As we (and our family members) get older, we focus more on how to live our best lives in the home we made for ourselves. Adjustments are often required to better meet the mobility needs of everyone in the household. Planning and making smart decisions about decor changes will make the mobility challenges so much easier.
Some of the biggest mobility challenges in homes are:
- Unsafe floors
- Tight spaces
- Bad light
Are you ready to solve the mobility challenges in your home?
Correcting unsafe floors can be as simple as removing exposed cords from electrical outlets to appliances or removing traditional carpets that can create tripping hazards. It’s also a good idea to double-check any transitions from one room to another to make sure the floors are level and you can easily move between the two rooms.
Tight spaces cause a variety of problems, especially if you use a walking stick, rollator, or wheelchair to get around your home. Too much furniture or clutter are tripping hazards for most, but they become even more worrisome when mobility aids are needed. There are so many stories of someone who fell, broke a bone and is never the same afterward. Keeping wide walkways free of clutter and disruptive furniture will reduce the chances of you being one of those stories!
One of the greatest challenges in mobility is CARPET! Not only are carpets a tripping hazard, but they make mobility aids incredibly difficult to use. If you’re redecorating, consider moving to a hard surface flooring that will reduce mobility issues. If you are afraid of falls and want to keep the softer rug, a super low pile rug with ultra-thick rug padding underneath is recommended. This helps with smooth transitions between rooms.
Eyesight is one of the things that changes rapidly in our 30s, and this also affects how we live in our homes. Mobility problems with deteriorating eyesight can easily be remedied with strong, easily controllable lighting. There are so many advances in lighting these days that you can consider moving lights or remote controlled electrical outlets to make sure you always have the right lighting throughout your home.
About the author
Shannon Blake is the owner and founder of Carolina Creekhouse. She loves to decorate her home with stylish and practical items that will work for her whole family. As an entrepreneur, she has brought the same spirit into the business and loves to share her passion for home decor with her clients.
Carolina Creekhouse makes practical and beautiful vinyl mats for all areas of your life. FloorFlats protect floors and surfaces without the risk of tripping. They are easy to clean with soap and water and protect all of your hard floors. The thin profile of our mats makes them an ideal option for households looking to modernize for mobility.