Caring for your Home - Tailoring Your Home

If a close relative It does not just change your complete life - you too have to change your habits. This is especially true if you decide to care for the affected family member in your usual home. According to the Federal Statistical Office, more than two-thirds of the approximately 2.5 million people in need of care in Germany are looked after in their own homes. Today, we'll tell you what to look out for if you want to furnish a home with care.

The Alpha and Omega: The Accessible Home

The home that houses a caregiver should have as few obstacles as possible and no tripping hazards respectively. It is considered barrier-free if it fulfills the following conditions:

  • Accessible without steps and thresholds so that it is easily accessible in the event of restricted mobility
  • Equipped with a floor-level and sufficiently wide shower
  • Wider doors of 90 centimeters
  • Movement areas At least 150 x 150 centimeters in the kitchen, bathroom and corridor, so that the patient with the wheelchair has sufficient freedom of movement.
  • Suitable lighting and good technical equipment
  • Handrails, standing and sitting aids are available and help with limited mobility

A barrier-free apartment is important so that people with limited mobility can not lose their independence right away, but can move freely in the apartment with the wheelchair.

Further provisions on accessibility can be found in the current DIN 18040 and in the older DIN standards 18024 and 18025.

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Statistics on the subject

Development of the number of people in need of care in Germany

Source: German Federal Statistical Office (Germany, * forecast)

Setting Up the Nursing Room

It takes a lot of time and money to set up the entire apartment with care. That's why many families choose to have a care room in their own home. If the rest of the home is still barrier-free, that's a good idea. But it is not easy to set up the nursing home comfortably and yet with care. For this reason, we have put together some tips for you.

These conditions should meet the nursing home

The nursing home should be as large as possible and not too far away from the rest of the house. Thus, the person who needs to be cared for can participate in everyday life and does not feel excluded. Of course, the room should provide plenty of natural light, be well heated in winter and be easy to ventilate by opening the windows. In addition, it is important that the nursing home is not too far from the toilet and bathroom.

Cozy rather than sterile

The private nursing room has a major advantage over a nursing home, hospital or assisted living room: in your own home They make the nursing home cozy and personal, which makes it very easy to avoid the sterility that is often the norm in nursing homes. The design of the room should of course be directed to the preferences of the person to be cared for. Remember that you may have a different taste than the person who will later live in the room. If possible, you should therefore include the family member in the facility. This applies both to the choice of wall color and to the question of whether curtains are necessary or not.

Beautify the room with the personal photos of children and grandchildren, which the caregiver should have a good view of from the bed.

Green plants are also a good idea in the nursing room because they improve the indoor climate and contribute to well-being. However, be careful with carpets. They are little tripping hazards and not exactly hygienic. Minimize the risk of falling by doing without the rug and the runner.

The right furniture in the nursing home

There are some pieces of furniture that are indispensable in the nursing room. These include, for example:

  • High quality nursing bed
  • Bedside table: Best bedside table with casters and foldable table top
  • Armchair: A new armchair or former favorite chair of the family member in question
  • Two chairs and a table : Here guests can sit down, therefore, the sitting area should be positioned so that eye contact with the caregiver can be made easily
  • Dresser: There, nursing materials and medicines can be stowed discreetly and view-protected
  • Shelving for the wall: Bring there personal Decorative items such as pictures of the people who are close to the caregiver

But do not use chunky bedroom cabinets because they take up a lot of space due to the volume in the nursing room. Instead, buy more small items of furniture if you need more storage space. The matching furniture with easy-care surfaces and a high level of comfort can be found, for example, at Kusch. For particularly high hygiene requirements, tables and seating with antibacterial properties are practical. They can be spray-disinfected without problems and absolutely reliably.

Statistics on the subject

Number of people requiring care in Germany at the end of the year 2013

Level I Level II Level III *
Home alone by dependents ** 822,282 334,826 88,821
Homecare Provided by / with Nursing Home 351.897 199.188 64.761
Full-time in Home Provision 291,193 302,636 157,164
Total 1,465,372 836,650 310,746

Source: Federal Statistical Office (Germany, 2013, by type of care and level of care)

The perfect place for the nursing bed

The nursing bed is the center of the room. That's why it's so important to choose the right place.

A care bed has wheels, so it does not matter if you decide to change your mind later and move the bed to a different location.

When setting up, keep in mind that the family member in need of care can immediately see each person entering. It would also be desirable if the caregiver can look out of the window while lying in bed. However, do not place the bed in such a way that the person in need of care is exposed to the direct drafts when ventilating or receives direct sunlight for several hours a day. It's best to choose a room corner for the bed.


If a person needs to be cared for suddenly, it's a drastic change for him. Then of course it is especially nice, if he does not have to move to the nursing home immediately, but is cared for by a relative at home. If you decide to care for a dependent family member in your own home, you should provide accessibility in the home. This allows the caregiver to move independently with the wheelchair. In addition, it makes sense to have a nursing room in which not only a nursing bed but also other suitable furniture should be accommodated.

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