Adjusting for Accessibility: How to Make Your Home Handicap-friendly

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When the unexpected happens, there are adjustments you’ll need to make. This is particularly true when mobility becomes an issue. Depending on the handicap involved, changes may range from simple modifications to major ones.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some needs that can be common for many mobility-related handicaps.

Point-to-Point Movement

Although known as “handicap-friendliness,” any adjustments made to make independent mobility easier is something to consider, mainly if you prefer living independently well into your twilight years.

An easy way to make your home easier to navigate is to reduce, even eliminate,items that can cause accidents. Study the layout of your home to determine how best to arrange furniture so you can easily walk around without hitting or tripping over anything.

This is of particular importance for those who need a wheelchair as these can get caught on table legs or rugs.

Daily Self-Care

Other common concerns are access to counter tops, often in the kitchen, and bathroom safety.

Lowering the height of your counter tops is often the recommended fix, especially for those who need wheelchairs.

Lowering counter tops to this level makes access to what you need easier, allowing you to safely prepare your own meals. For the bathroom, on the other hand, grab bars are a common and easy solution to staying safe and preventing slips and accidents.

You may also want to consider installing a walk- or roll-in tub you can get from firms such as Heavenly Walk In Tubs, or even getting a portable tub if you or your family member’s mobility is severely limited.

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Just note that portable tubs may require the assistance of another person who can help wheel and set it up where it will be easiest to access.

Special Needs

While these fixes can address the general needs of most disabled and elderly persons, specific illnesses may require equally specific needs to address. Does the person have need of caregivers? If so, how many and what kind of equipment might they need to use, if any?

Successful redesigns will depend heavily on considering these adjustments so that you and your family can live comfortably no matter the circumstances.