Safe at Home

Home Accessibility - 10 Min Read

Safe at Home

Helping seniors stay independent, mobile and safe in their own homes longer.

Did you know that falls are the most common preventable injury and remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2015)? Selecting the right products and making home modifications can decrease falls or minimize the impact of a fall. 

Motion’s expertise is in helping people find a complete solution to make their homes accessible – expertise and personalized service that cannot be found when purchasing equipment online from major e-commerce/logistics providers.

Our local teams across the country are passionate about helping seniors find life-changing equipment that allows them to stay safely and independently in their own homes as long as possible – something that has never been as important as it is during a pandemic. 

Aging in place

Our Safe at Home: A Guide to Aging in Place, outlines many of the key products that can help you increase your mobility and independence room by room, and even offers solutions to help you to continue to remain active in your community. 

Entry & exit

For seniors aging in place, safety begins at the entranceway. A slick walkway, broken railing, or unstable step could lead to a dangerous fall. Motion can help you identify danger zones and recommend products, like ramps and vertical platform lifts (also known as wheelchair lifts), to reduce the risks.

Stairways

Stairs can be particularly dangerous for seniors with mobility and vision issues. In fact, those over the age of 85 have the highest stair-related injury rates. From slippery carpet runners to loose railings, let Motion help you safeguard your stairs with the quick and easy installation of a straight, curved or custom stairlift. A stairlift can be installed in as quickly as one day and come in a variety of styles to suit your home décor.

Living area

The living room can prove quite hazardous for seniors struggling to get around. Simple things like a low couch, unsecured throw rug, electrical cords, or the edge of a glass-top table can cause problems. Motion can help you design a safe living space and introduce products such as a power lift recliner (or lift out recliner chair), furniture risers or a rollator that provide added support. 

Bedroom

Nighttime navigation is a valid concern for those aging in place. In addition to proper room design, Motion will help you with other considerations, such as height-adjustable beds, bed support and transfer items, smooth flooring and easy-to-open windows.

Bathroom

The bathroom can be an unnerving place for those with mobility issues. Slippery bathtubs, low toilet seats and unsecure towel racks are all potential threats. Let Motion show you how to outfit your bathroom with items such as a bath or shower seat, raised toilet seat, toilet safety frame, bathtub lift and secure grab bars.

Daily living aids

Make everyday tasks easier with products that support common tasks, such as dressing, grooming, travel, meal preparation and exercise; all while providing added safety and independence as well as promoting health.

On-the-go

Installing the right equipment in your home so that you or a loved one can age in place is a great first step to keeping them safe. But don’t forget to safeguard against outdoor dangers, too! Talk to Motion about mobility options, like scooters (perfect for grocery shopping) and transport wheelchairs (to make getting to appointments easier), for seniors on the go.

Our COVID-19 health & safety measures

Knowing that people may be unsure about welcoming our team into their home during the pandemic, Motion has implemented a stringent COVID-19 Response Plan and has introduced the option of a virtual appointment by video during the initial stages of a home modification project, such as the installation of a stairlift. 

TIP – ONTARIO RESIDENTS: New in 2021,  the Ontario Government’s Seniors’ HomeSafety Tax Credit can be claimed when filing taxes for the 2021 taxation year to help support: a) seniors who are 65 by the end of 2021; b) people who live with senior relatives, who are looking to purchase mobility and home accessibility equipment or make modifications to their home 

This material does not constitute medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.