How To Stay Safe & Independent In Your Own Home For As Long As Possible

Our every day language is full of references to how important home is to us: “make yourself at home”, “home is where the heart is”, “there’s no place like home” are just a few that we will all be very familiar with.

bathroom graphic from pixabay

As we age, our emotional attachment to our home grows. This should not be surprising, after all our homes will have become the repository of many things. Memories are one, connections to friends and family who live nearby another and all the things that we have collected over the decades (probably too many!) another.

Research shows that as we get older, our overwhelming preference is to stay independent in our own homes for as along as possible. But how can we future proof our home to allow us to do just that?

Over the last three decades or so, an approach called ‘ageing in place’ has been developed to help us to work out what products, services and conveniences will enable us to stay safe and independent in our own home.  Generally this approach focuses on Home Adaptations – things we can do to remodel our home to make it easier and safer for us to stay there  such as wheel chair accessible wetrooms in the bathroom and redesigns of the kitchen and Daily Living Aids. These tend to fall into the following four categories[1]:

ellihome focuses on designing and manufacturing items that are categorised as Daily Living Aids such as grab rails, shower stools and toilet surrounds.

ellihome toilet surround Lintrathen range

Our vision is to increase the independence and wellbeing of older people by creating beautifully designed, high quality products of this kind which are surprisingly absent from the market.

You can see the designs we are working on for our launch range here on our website. We hope you will agree that they look much nicer than a lot of what is available today!

Our goal is to make these products available in 2018/2019. Please do fill in our enquiry form if you are interested in being kept up to date with when they will be ready for sale.

If you live in Scotland and are interested in finding out more about the Ageing in Place approach and whether it is right for you, you can get in touch with our sister business The Home Straight which offers specialist services in moving, downsizing and ageing in place for older people.




[1] See: http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/scenario.php?csid=46

Published on 01 February 2018