Making your home wheelchair friendly and accessible **

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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.

 

You may also wat to read this:  Tips for keeping your car clean when you have kids

 

** This is a collaborative post, image and text has been provided to us for a small fee.

 

19 Comments

  1. July 17, 2018 / 5:29 am

    This is a good post, I know someone who had to change their home for their son who became disabled and wheelchair bound. It’s the little things we do have to think about to help them x

  2. July 17, 2018 / 10:06 am

    This is such a thought-inspiring post. It is hard to imagine how many changes a person has to go through when they need to be wheelchair friendly. It is also a shame so many buildings and underground stations are not always the best for wheelchair users.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Aishah x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Your welcome Aishah and thank you for your comments. So glad the post has been helpful for you

  3. July 17, 2018 / 10:22 am

    my husband used to work for our local uni and part of his job was making things accessible, it was amazing how many places weren’t! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Exactly, we need to make more places accessible for others

  4. Sam Jeffery
    July 17, 2018 / 10:39 am

    These are things I have never thought of before, but I’m so glad I have read it now! So helpful!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Glad to be of help Sam

  5. July 17, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    My mum was in a wheelchair for a little while due to operations on her ankles and she realised how few places really are suitable for those in a wheelchair x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      There are so many places which still don’t cater for those in wheelchairs, hope this changes

  6. July 17, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    What a really thoughtful post. I have a friend who is in a wheel chair and until I started taking her out places, I never realised how much things needed to be especially adapted for the chair xxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      Exactly, not many places cater for wheelchair or prams and it is so difficult at times

  7. July 18, 2018 / 12:00 am

    This is actually a really important read my dad recently had a leg amputated and so many things need to be taken into account while he gets better so this is super important to take in x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Sorry to hear about your dad Kelly. Hope he has fully adapted to his new lifestyle

  8. July 18, 2018 / 8:19 am

    One of the hardest places to access is the pavements especially without drop curbs. Great tips and I was in a wheelchair after my op and found it hard to access places. Must be very frustrating x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Yes it totally can be frustration, glad you understand

  9. July 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I can’t imagine the challenges a family must face if they find a member needs to be in a wheelchair. It’s so good there are so many options these days.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Yes exactly Elizabeth, hence our share on the topic

  10. July 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

    There really is a lot to think of when you have to consider using a wheelchair in your home. Counter heights, steps and stairs, door widths, and particularly arrangement of rooms. You’ve given a very useful guide, and certainly food for thought.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you Katherine, hope this is useful for you

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