Today, more of us continue live in our own home in our retirement - homes that were designed and built for the world of the fit and the able. We are all living longer than we used to and it’s affecting large numbers of us in our everyday lives.

Yet large numbers of the population, whether temporarily or permanently, are neither fit nor able to negotiate their way with safety or ease through the traditional home. Their home can be a prison. These include the old, the infirm, and the disabled. Those who are convalescing from major surgery, broken bones, injury or serious illness, families with very young children, the heavily pregnant, and back pain sufferers also come up against the design limitations of the average home. The fit and the able open, close and clean windows, jump in and out of baths, showers and bed, cook, turn on lights, fix fuses, rush up and down stairs, pass through entrance doors and lock them, mostly oblivious of the difficulty and challenge these pose for the less mobile. Even a short spell with your leg in plaster, or hobbling carefully around the house with back pain changes your perspective. 

But a change in lifestyle does not mean we have to move home as well. A growing number of products are available that have the power to liberate or ease these problems. Low thresholds or ramps for entrance doors; wider doors for wheel chairs; windows with handles that are easier to grasp, require less force to operate, or can be operated from an angle or a sitting position; easy hold and turn keys; ‘fit and forget’ windows and doors, or fascias and guttering that don’t need painting or decorating for example. Products like these can make the difference between genuine independence with real quality of life, and a frustrating dependence with needless difficulties.

With knowledge and skill a good home improvement or window company should be able to help you transform your house into a true home for life.