Are you a Mover, Planner or Stayer??
Are you a Mover, Planner or Stayer??
National Seniors Australia is currently conducting a campaign for better housing, aimed at improving housing options for older Australians, as this population cohort ages. Many seniors consider downsizing to a smaller home after retirement or once adult children leave home. After analysing a 2017 survey of members, National Seniors was able to categorise the survey sample of home-owning seniors in the following way, in relation to downsizing:
Homeowners are either:
- Movers – they had already downsized
- Planners – they are planning to downsize
- Stayers – they are not considering downsizing
Other major reasons for downsizing include not being physically able, or finding it too costly to maintain the home and yard, lifestyle reasons, the need for a single-level home, and the desire to use the proceeds from the sale of the house.
Home Sweet Home
It was also noted that “Stayers” preferred “ageing in place”, because they like their current home, their neighbourhood and communities, and have no intention of moving for this simple reason.
Whether you, or someone you’re caring for, is a Mover, Planner or Stayer, when mobility becomes more of a problem, the deficiencies in home layout such as steps, small bathrooms, showers with a step-over curb, narrow doorways and hallways, all become problematic. When downsizing, buyers are more aware these days of these types of issues, however universal accessibility in housing in Australia is still a long way off, requiring people to undergo costly additions and renovations to the family home, or indeed even if they downsize.
The team at Gong Life Care Solutions meet many people who are elderly and/or have physical disabilities, and their families. We’re very aware of many of the issues people face with regard to maintaining mobility and independence, not to mention comfort and safety. Currently 35.9% of Australia’s 8.9 million households include a person with disability. 1.8 million or 50.7 % of Australians aged 65 and over have a disability, compared to 1 in 8 (12.5 %) aged under 65. As time goes on and our population ages further, these rates will rise.
Getting around safely inside the home
At the Independent Living Expo earlier this year in Sydney, visitors showed tremendous interest in our equipment designed for use in the home – essentially, products to assist mobility and independence in homes that were not built with accessibility in mind. For example there was great interest in our KMINA indoor rollator or wheely-walker. Rollators are one of the most important walking aids used by older people in the home or out and about.
They come in many shapes and sizes, and provide increased security, balance, and a place to store things while mobile.
Gong Life Care Solutions supplies a very light-weight but strong, folding rollator walker. https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-rollator
Our KMINA rollator is especially designed for indoor use, and contributes to a user’s sense of independence and safety while walking around at home. People with conventional outdoor walking frames or rollators often abandon their use of the rollator indoors, as they can be heavy and wide and difficult to manoeuver in the home. However, our KMINA rollator, at just 54 cm in width, is narrow enough to easily get through doorways and around furniture. It has a single handlebar, which is easy to manage and really assists stability, balance and manoeuverability. There are 5 click-in height adjustment settings, which are easily managed.
Users love this rollator because it weighs only 5.5kgs and it folds and unfolds easily for putting into the boot of the car, or storing in the house when not in use. It has a cable braking system and the brakes can be applied by either hand, or both hands, greatly assisting people who have lost the use of one arm or hand, or are weak on one side. Another feature that users find really convenient is the flat stable tray top which comes in very handy when preparing food or a drink, and taking it to another room. And of course, a wheely walker with basket helps the user to carry items around the home.
Our quality walker is certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE). It is designed for people who have moderate to low dependence, who are able to walk with some assistance, but desire more independence around the home. The KMINA rollator will improve a user’s confidence in moving around safely in the home and promote their independence and sense of well-being.
Another product which invited lots of interest at the Expo because of the difficulties people have with home bathrooms, was our battery-operated home bath lift – Relaxa-Bathlift. It’s a motorized bath lift designed for use by people who are elderly or those who find getting in and out of the bath or shower increasingly more difficult.
See the video demonstration on our website: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/relaxa-bathlift or call us if you would like to enquire about the KMINA Indoor Rollator, the Relaxa-Bathlift, or any other product on our website.
- National Seniors Australia campaign https://nationalseniors.com.au/advocacy/current/better-housing
- National Seniors Australia, Report Downsizing: Movers, planners, stayers, 2017
- Cited on website of The Australian Network on Disability https://www.and.org.au/pages/disability-statistics.html sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016, 4430.0 - Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015, viewed 24 February 2017. (accessed online May 2019)
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