Making your home accessible to the disabled not only makes life comfortable for the person with mobility problems, but also sustainable. Homes built with accessibility by disabled persons allow safety and comfort for a long time without needing to do expensive modifications. Also, when you have a home that’s accessible means people don’t face restrictions when visiting your home. In the event you are injured, you also find that there aren’t restrictions in accessing various parts or locations of your home.
All hallways, pathways, and doorways should have sufficient space for a wheelchair. It is not likely you will live comfortably and with dignity if you cannot use your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, or if you can’t move from one area of the house to another. To ensure that disabled persons can get around your home or if you personally are disabled or facing mobility problems, you need to make sure that getting around is easy. The doorways should be wide enough to allow a wheelchair pass through. They also should have sufficient space to turn around the wheelchair.
Usability of Bathroom
The bathroom is an important space in your home not only to you but also your visitors. Some disabled people face difficulties accessing bathrooms located upstairs meaning they’re forced to wash their body at the kitchen sink. Although you may have access to the bathroom, there may be no enough space to allow a wheelchair to get through or move someone to the toilet. The ceilings and walls need to be strong and ensure that they fit hoists and supports when needed.
Safety bars may be needed in the bathroom and if you are fixing grab bars, they need to get secured horizontally or vertically to the wall, and not diagonally.
Don’t allow disabled persons to use towel racks as support bars because they cannot hold a person’s weight. When installing grab bars, have two because one will help get inside and outside the tub. The second one will help a person to stand from the sitting position they have been in when using the bathtub. You may consider raising the toilet set to allow you reduce the range of flexing the knee. An elevated toilet seat, a seat cover, or a toilet safety frame can work. A commode chair can also be used instead of a toilet.
The cooking experience can be difficult if an injured or disabled person has a small kitchen and the appliances are out of reach. You may not even prepare the food. However, creating enough space to make wheelchair users to move around and reach on appliances makes cooking easy.
You should be able to access your bedroom using a wheelchair. The bed you have should accommodate bedridden patients. A medical bed is adjustable meaning that it can be adjusted and positioned to allow better comfort and to prevent bed sore. Hospital beds that have rails ensure that you have extra safety when placing yourself on the bed or moving to the wheelchair. A bariatric medical bed helps support the heavy and larger users and low beds make it easy to get in and out.
When you have a home that’s not disabled-friendly, you may have people with mobility issues sleeping in the living room or washing at the kitchen sink. You can avoid these setbacks by making the house disabled-friendly. You should look at every commonly used space or room in the home and see if it is easily accessible.