So what exactly are Age-Friendly Homes for later life? Tip 1: Age-friendly homes are ones that meet your needs at all stages of life, but particularly in later life. But here is the problem - only about 8% of UK homes have the 4 main features that make a home accessible. Step-free entranceWC on the … Continue reading Age-friendly Homes – The Basic Principles
Gas safety at home - how clued up are you? The comforting blue flame of a gas hob has fuelled many generations of hearty family meals around the kitchen table. But combustible gas appliances are also one of the most significant risks to household safety if not used properly or maintained well. Do you have … Continue reading Home Safety – Tip 1 – Gas Safety at Home
Firstly, between you and I, there a few brutal truths that mean making a home age-friendly isn’t just a bit important – it is screamingly, desperately urgent! Why? 1. Fail to plan.... : An unsafe home can lead to, otherwise avoidable, accidents or illness that result in unexpected crisis points for the household and their … Continue reading Making a home age-friendly isn’t just a bit important – it is screamingly, desperately urgent!
Is it Cold in here, or is it just me? Keeping a healthy home is important for everyone. We all know that fresh air is good for us – but do you know how to keep your indoor air healthy? When is the last time you checked your indoor humidity levels? The more humid the … Continue reading Is it Cold in here, or is it just me?
Grand Designers and Home Refurbishers - Is your home the right kind of HAPPI? [No, that isn't a spelling mistake] HAPPI is is a design code of 10 principles for a healthy, social and comfortable home life. HAPPI homes have plenty of light and space with a focus on healthy homes. They also integrate accessible … Continue reading Is your home HAPPI?
The Value of OT - to you and your loved ones Our homes have a big part to play in staying independent as we age. If you need these changes because of an illness, degenerative condition or accident you likely need some additional specialist input - so who else should you go to? An O.T. (Occupational Therapist) will … Continue reading The Value of OT (Occupational Therapy)
In this article we will look at using colour and tone to good effect at home for an an age-friendly future. Subtle changes to the colour and tone in a room can help make it more age friendly, whilst still keeping the design and 'feel' of the room. Improving how well the main elements in … Continue reading Using colour and tone to good effect – Age-Friendly Homes
Should I stay put or go? Have you ever thought about relocating - either yourself or someone else? Sometimes your home may not suit you perfectly anymore, and the obvious answer seems to be to move somewhere else. However, before you decide whether to stay put or go, make sure you have considered all options for … Continue reading Age-Friendly Homes – Should I stay put or go? Article 1
Time to ditch old light bulbs that no longer provide enough light Adjustment #2: LIghting When is the last time you changed your lighting at home? And we don't mean replacing a blown bulb - We mean upgrading those old compact fluorescent bulbs that never 'die'. You, or your loved ones, probably have one lurking … Continue reading Age-Friendly Homes – Small Changes Series – Tip #2 – Lighting – (Article 1 of 3)
Rugs and Mats are useful but can create a real trip hazard if they don't sit flat to the floor, are too thick or slip and move. Adjustment #1: Rugs and Mats Although rugs and mats are brilliant at giving a room personality, soaking up muddy pawprints or keeping your feet warm - they are … Continue reading Age-Friendly Homes – Small Changes Series – Tip #1 – Rugs and Mats
"What has it got to do with me?" you might ask.a LOT is the answer.... International Day of Disabled People, 3rd December 2020 Today is a time to celebrate the achievements of people, society and legislative achievements in creating a more inclusive world for all of us, especially people with a disability. And it matters … Continue reading Age-Friendly Homes – International Day of Disabled People