It is no secret that we’re living longer these days than we did 20 years ago. On average, we’ll live to be older than our parents, we’ll be retired for longer and we’ll want greater independence. Just because we’re living longer though, it doesn’t mean that debilitating diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis are getting any less prevalent. In fact the opposite is true. Quality of life, therefore, is an important concern for those of us planning for our many future years ahead and, thankfully, there are many products, from walk in showers and easy access baths to raise and recliner chairs, to make life that little bit easier when we get there.

Easy access showers and walk-in baths make washing time easier and safer for older people and allow for additional independence and confidence. Easy access showers can be used by those with minimal mobility and have no difficult sides to negotiate. Showers can be built around existing mains or electrical shower units and can be designed around an individual person’s needs and level of mobility.

Walk-in baths are perfect for those who prefer a lie-down wash, but who can’t confidently negate conventional tubs. They come in a range of shapes and sizes. Shower seats and stools, handgrip rails and easy-to-use taps can also be purchased to make life in the bathroom easier.

Stairlifts mean that an older person with poor mobility doesn’t have to be confined to one level of their home. Lifts are available for straight stairways, spiral stairways, stairways with a bend and even outdoor stairs for those who have steps up to their front door. Most models are seated styles, though standing versions are also available. Chairlifts are allowing more and more old people to continue living independently in their own homes.

Raise and recliner chairs come in a variety of designs and models. Among the features available are adjustable foot rests and chair backs, lateral support pillows, adjustable headrests, large and deep wings and extra comfortable arm rests. All features can be easily adjusted by a remote handset.

These chairs are designed to make sitting down as comfortable as possible and to make chairs adjustable to each individual’s needs. The rise feature makes getting out of the chair easier and users don’t have to push themselves from a low sitting position to standing without support.

Growing old doesn’t have to be difficult. There is a multitude of products on the market to ensure that we can all live a long, safe and independent life.