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It's important for you to keep your home clean if you want to be independent, whether or not you have a disability. This is because it can help you in many ways, such as staying healthy, making it easier to move around, allowing you to do things on your own, and making you feel comfortable.

Health

People with disabilities may have weaker immune systems or respiratory issues, making them more susceptible to illnesses caused by unclean living conditions. Keeping a clean home can reduce the risk of infection and improve overall health.

Four tips to help improve your health

  1. Regular cleaning can prevent the build-up of dust, dirt, and germs. Try to establish a routine and set aside time each day or week to clean different areas of your home.
  2. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops can harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on regularly disinfecting these areas with an appropriate cleaning solution.
  3. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Traditional cleaning products can contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your respiratory system. Consider using non-toxic cleaning products to clean your home.
  4. Poor indoor air quality can lead to respiratory problems. Open windows to improve ventilation, invest in an air purifier, and regularly replace air filters.

Accessibility

A clean and organised home can make it easier for people with or without disabilities to navigate their living space. Removing clutter and keeping pathways clear can prevent accidents and increase mobility.

Four tips to help improve accessibility

  1. Clearing pathways of obstacles, such as furniture or clutter, can make it easier for individuals with or without mobility impairments to navigate their living space.
  2. Grab bars and handrails can provide stability and support for individuals with balance issues or mobility impairments. Consider installing them in areas such as the bathroom or staircases. Similarly, ramps and lifts can make your home more accessible for individuals who use mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or scooters. Consider installing them in areas where stairs may be a barrier, such as the entrance to your home.
  3. If you use a wheelchair or have difficulty reaching high shelves, consider adjusting the height of shelves and cabinets to make them more accessible.
  4. Non-slip flooring can prevent slips and falls. Consider using non-slip mats or rugs in areas that tend to get wet, such as the bathroom or kitchen.

Independence

A clean and organised home can promote independence. With a well-organised living space, they can more easily locate and access the items they need, perform tasks independently, and feel more in control of their environment.

Four tips to help improve your independence

  1. Organise your living space to make it easier to locate and access the items you need. This can involve labelling items, keeping similar items together, and arranging them in a way that is easy to reach.
  2. Assistive technology, such as voice-controlled devices, can make it easier to perform tasks independently. Consider using devices that can assist with daily tasks, such as turning off lights, adjusting the thermostat, or opening doors.
  3. Adaptive equipment, such as reaching aids or grip devices, can make it easier to perform tasks independently. Consider using adaptive equipment that can help you perform tasks that may be difficult due to physical limitations.
  4. Seek support: While independence is important, it is also important to recognise when you may need support. Consider seeking support from family members, friends, or professionals if you need assistance with certain tasks or if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Comfort

Living in a clean and tidy environment can promote a sense of comfort and relaxation, leading to better mental health and overall wellbeing.

Four tips to help you live more comfortably

  1. A clean living space can promote a sense of calm and relaxation. Make sure to regularly clean and tidy your living space to create a comfortable and inviting environment.
  2. Adding personal touches, such as decorations or photos, can make your living space feel more comfortable and welcoming. Consider adding items that reflect your personality and interests.
  3. Comfortable furniture, such as a supportive chair or cosy couch, can make your living space feel more inviting and relaxing. Consider investing in furniture that is comfortable and supportive.
  4. Maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Make sure to adjust the thermostat to a temperature that feels comfortable for you.

Organisations that can help support you

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice, and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children, and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

Phone          01752 258933

Email            pias@plymouth.gov.uk

Website       plymouthias.org.uk

 


 

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