Future-proofing your home
Looking after your home needn’t be expensive. It’s really important for your safety and wellbeing to stay on top of things. If you’re thinking about repairs or home improvements, it’s also a good idea to plan ahead and make changes now so you can continue to live independently. For example, you could:
- raise your sockets so you won’t have to bend down to reach them
- increase the number of sockets so you don’t have trailing wires
- increase the lighting, especially in hallways and around staircases
- make your home more energy efficient – for example, have individual radiator thermostats so you only heat the rooms you use and install timers
- consider insulating your loft and draught-proofing windows and doors
- if you’re replacing doors and windows, consider using UPVC frames, which are easier to maintain.
You may also want to think about getting some home adaptations.
Read more about maintaining your home, finding a reputable tradesman to do the job and getting help with the costs on our website: Independent Age