If you or one of your family member is living with a disability or have recently found yourself not as able as you were then you would want to make your home wheelchair friendly and accessible to make your life more normal and independent. Here in this post we share how how you might do this in 5 simple ways.
Ensure easy entry and exit into your home
Most people overlook this, but this is so important. Do ensure that you have easy access and exit into your home. Most homes either have a step, stairway or narrow doorway. Do ensure that your doorway both in the front and back is large enough for your wheelchair to enter. You may also need a ramp installed.
Make your home stairway friendly
Getting up to different floor levels when you are wheelchair bound can be a daunting thing. So if you live in a double or three story house, then you must consider making it is more stair friendly. You can do this by installing a ramp, vertical platform lift or swivel stairway lift to help you move from one floor to another with ease and less hassle. Do ensure that sufficient railing are installed to make your movement as smooth as possible.
Easy accessibility in the Washrooms
Speak to experts on how you can change your current bathroom to make it more wheelchair accessible. Make sure that there is enough space for wheelchair to move around easily. There should also be enough room for the wheelchair to turn, it is recommended to have a free space of at 1500 mm. Make sure the toilet bowl is the right height and there are rails around the toilet for easy reach and to hold. Decide if you want a shower or bath, there are lots of baths which cater for disabled people. If you opt for a shower, then make sure there are plenty of rails. It is also recommended to have a low wash basin for easier reach.
It is important to make the kitchen more accessible
The kitchen is one of the most important room in the house hence do ensure that the kitchen is wheelchair friendly. Try to customise the kitchen counters and kitchen sink should be easily accessible and low enough to reach from a sitting position. More low storage cupboards should also be created so you can easily access kitchen utensils and gadgets. Do ensure that the light switches are low enough for you to reach them.
Make sure you install the right Flooring Material
When you renovate your house, think carefully about using the right floor materials. Carpets tend to easily wear off with the use of wheelchairs hence it may be a smarter choice to use either laminate floor, hardwood floor or tiles depending on the look you want and your budget. Make sure the doorways between the rooms are wide enough to fit in the wheelchairs and that the floor in all the rooms are the same level.
There is a lot to consider but these need to be done to ensure a more happy and independent lifestyle. After renovating your home to make it more wheelchair friendly. Your next step is to ensure that you change your car to be more disabled-friendly, Allied Mobility offers some great options. Hope you have enjoyed reading this post and do share with us on other tips which you my know of to make the home more wheelchair friendly.
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