Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, robs its victims of many things, but personal comfort in their own homes should not be one of them. Try our recommendations for small changes at home that can make a big difference in your quality of life.
Install Mobility Aids
Once you begin to receive treatment, these mobility aids can help you move around your home safely and with ease.
- Install a safety ramp to get in and out of the house more easily.
- Reorganize the furniture to provide more freedom of movement.
- Add a rubber threshold ramp at every doorway.
- Rent or buy a chair with a built-in lift that raises or lowers the seat.
- Install bed rails to ease the difficulty of getting in and out of bed.
Slip-Proof Your Bathroom
Mesothelioma patients often experience dizziness, which can make a bathroom especially dangerous. These quick, inexpensive changes can help keep you safe:
- Install a handrail or grab bar in your shower/bath to help with balance.
- Add a shower seat.
- Add a bath mat or treads both inside and outside the shower.
- Install a handrail near the commode or use an elevated toilet seat with armrests.
Reorganize Closets and Shelves
When battling mesothelioma, routine tasks can become more difficult. Even reaching for items on shelves or carrying small parcels may be challenging. Ask a friend, family member, or home health aide to help make everyday items more accessible. Placing objects on lower shelves and keeping essentials within reach will help you remain independent. In addition, consider installing remote controls on the lights, so you can operate them without having to get up.
Remove Potential Hazards
A fall can be fatal for a mesothelioma patient. Look for potential dangers such as loose steps, uneven concrete on walkways, uneven sections of the driveway, popped nails on decking, scatter rugs, loose carpeting, poor lighting, and power cords that stretch across pathways.
Try to anticipate future potential hazards and arrange in advance to have someone change the batteries in your smoke detectors, and replace light bulbs.