4 Ways to Make Your Home More Accessible
May 12, 2021 1:53:10 PM PDT May 12, 2021 1:53:10 PM PDTth, May 12, 2021 1:53:10 PM PDT
If you have a family member with a disability, mobility problems, or other accessibility issues, you may be looking for ways that your house can be set up for them, and in the best way possible. By making the home accessible, it makes it easier for everyone.
Universal design is when a home is built for anyone, regardless of age, size, or disability. It is a growing home design movement since the 1990’s, and looks to put safety and accessibility first. This can include things like no step ups/downs in the house or outside, wider doorways for wheelchairs or walkers, and not having as many throw rugs, as people can easily trip over them.
Automated Sliding Doors
Doors can be difficult to open for people with accessibility issues. They are heavy, may close on you, and pull out or in. Instead, install an automatic door closer and opener in your home. When the individual approaches the door, it will open for them, and remain open until they pass through. This way, they can have more autonomy inside their own home, and you will know they can be left alone as needed.
Railing and Ramps
Falling is often an issue for older people, or people with disabilities. And while they may be living with you, you may not always be home to help. In order to assist them, install rails or ramps throughout the home. Rails can be installed in any room, but especially in bathrooms and hallways. Ramps go great for getting into the house, and can be installed in place of or near stairs. This way, the individual can use the ramp up or ramp down, to use the front door on their own.
Setup a Stairlift
Stairlifts are perfect for people who have a long staircase, but are not able to easily climb it. They can run for a few thousand dollars, but are a good addition to the home when the house has multiple levels. The person simply moves from a wheelchair, or sits from a standing position, and can get up stairs much faster and safer.
In the end, by doing these things even one at a time, you are making the home more accessible. It can help yourself, your family members, or other roommates. It can improve their life, and give them more autonomy.