Make your home work for you! This guide gives practical help in helping make those changes.

You may not require any modifications to your home, but if in time your symptoms interfere with your ability to move around easily and safely, making some small changes can make a big difference.

Implementing small adjustments can create a home environment that promotes ease, accessibility, and peace of mind. Remember, your safety and comfort are paramount, and taking proactive steps to address any challenges will help you enjoy your home to the fullest.

Around your home:

  • Ensure your floor surfaces are slip-resistant and free from any potential trip hazards.
  • Store frequently used items in easy to reach locations to avoid unnecessary strain.
  • Talk to an occupational therapist for expert advice on specific changes you can make to your home to improve accessibility and convenience, such as handrails, if necessary.

For safety:

  • Keep a portable or mobile phone within easy reach, ensuring it is always accessible in case of an emergency.
  • Establish a network of friends, family and Whānau whom you can call upon when needed. Having a support system is invaluable.
  • Install night lights around your home to provide better visibility and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • If you have trouble hearing, consider installing a smoke detector with a visual signal to ensure your safety in case of a fire.
  • Personal alarms are small devices that feature an audible alarm to alert people to your need. Some are programmable to contact pre-set mobile number

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