If your loved one has a disability or has trouble getting around, making your home accessible can greatly improve their quality of life. Here are some ways you can make your home accessible:
The first thing you’ll need to do is make an alteration to the entrances of your home. If you have enough room, a wheelchair ramp is a good idea for each entrance, and the costs for construction will vary greatly depending on materials and size. When you design your ramp, be sure to check that your pathway has enough room and is wide enough, and consider adding a cover, a non-slip surface, and handrails. If the amount of room is an issue, you can also choose to use a vertical platform lift instead.
For those who need to use a wheelchair, navigating stairs can be impossible or even a terrifying experience. Install a stairway lift which will make the stairs wheelchair accessible, while also giving your loved one a sense of independence as they will be able to operate it themselves. Be sure to choose one with a swivel chair so they can safely get in of the lift even if they’re alone.
If someone is travelling from room to room in a wheelchair, floors can be an issue. if the house is decorated with rugs and carpets, these can get caught up in the wheels of the wheelchair, and can make getting around a frustrating experience. While hardwood or tile flooring is ideal, you can also use carpet as long as it is low-pile. In order to make thresholds safer and easier to navigate, install rubber ramps to make it easier to get around.
Doorways are one of the most difficult points of navigation for those in a wheelchair, and you can provide a more pleasant and safer experienced for your loved one by choosing to widen the doorways in your house. By removing frames and doors, or even just reversing how the door opens, the doorways will be easily turned into an approachable space.
If you have a loved one who needs to be extra careful in the bathroom or needs help getting in and out of the bath, there are a number of products which can help. It may be a good idea to , or even consider an easy access shower which will ensure that your loved one can clean themselves with dignity while remaining safe.
For some reason, many people seem to forget about the kitchen when they’re making changes to their homes. Simply lowering the countertops is a great idea, and you can also install roll-out storage units and a sink that allows a wheelchair to be rolled underneath. Make sure that all appliances are easy to reach, and check that all outlets and controls are easily accessible as well.