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MITHOSH JOSEPH
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It does not need a huge investment to make a room safe for the elderly

The sunset years can be golden or leaden, the colour splashed by the quality of life or the lack of it. Even in palatial houses, built by spending crores of rupees, do the elderly have a comfort zone?

Giving an exclusive room to the aged does not demand a huge investment. An ordinary room with attached bathroom can be converted into a comfort zone at around Rs. 50,000. It does not even need the expertise of an interior designer as suppliers themselves come home and fix the accessories suiting the convenience of the user.

“Furnishing the room of senior citizens with some extra accessories and supportive aides will always give them the joy of independent living. For that, we need to have only a caring mind,” P.P. Shajudheen, manager of an exclusive showroom, Homecare, for the elderly, says.

“The exclusive items now go beyond the range of conventional walking sticks and walkers.”

The effort to furnish a room can begin from the bathroom as the slippery floor makes senior citizens shudder. Families should know that selection of quality tiles and bathroom accessories alone will not help make the floor safe for weak, unsure legs.

The essentials

It is this void that the Pedder Johnson group of companies is trying to fill. The manufacturer offers an economy pack with essential bathroom aides at Rs. 11,000. It includes a raised foam toilet seat, toilet safety rails, stainless-steel grab bars for the walls and folding arm support. All these can be fitted without disfiguring the room and can be removed any time.

In addition to these, new arrivals such as folding commodes, Indian conversion commodes and wall-mounted conversion commodes are available for those who want more products.

For rearranging the bedroom, an array of supportive products come from specialised suppliers. The range includes items such as adjustable backrests, bedside rails, bed pull-up straps, comfort cushions and folding bed trays. A pair of bed comfort wedge with a small bed tray comes at Rs. 6,700.

P.T. Vipin Kumar, deputy manager at Homecare, says the new arrivals help the aged go about their daily task independently. “There are specially designed indoor and outdoor equipment to help them on the move and at leisure. Customised cellphones, alarm clocks, reading glasses, illuminated magnifiers and dining accessories adorn some of the readily available products.”

Some of the manufacturers offer customised products on the demand of the elderly and their relatives.

MITHOSH JOSEPH


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