Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible
If you or a loved one is facing a disability or physical limitation that requires a wheelchair, cane or walker, you are going to be facing some important lifestyle changing decisions. One of your concerns will undoubtedly be how to get around the house.
There are certainly any number of major reconstruction projects that you can undertake, including adding a walk-in shower or lowering all of your cabinets. However, there are also many simple and affordable ways to make a home handicap accessible
Entries, Walkways and Doorways
Make sure that floors are level and that any problem transitions are evened out to avoid tripping or catching – Threshold ramps, as seen below, are a great way to even out door ways.
A handicap accessible door should be at least 3 feet wide. However, it is not always possible or affordable to widen a doorway to accommodate mobility aids. If you have sliding glass doors, consider replacing them with French doors that offer a wider opening. Replacing doorknobs with easy-grip handles is one more way to ease entering and exiting a home for someone with physical limitations
If you want to better accommodate a wheelchair, remove the doors from cabinets below the sink so that the wheelchair user can get close.
Cabinets and countertops
To make the kitchen more user friendly for people with reaching, bending or standing limitations, move dishes and items stored in upper cabinets to the bottom of the cabinet and move items stored in lower cabinets to the top shelves. You may want to also invest in something to help you reach items such as a “Reacher”
Showers and bathtubs
Apply bath safety treads to the floor of tubs and showers to avoid slipping. Replace your shower head with a handheld shower kit to limit reaching or stretching that can put a physically limited person at risk.
Wet and slippery are two things any person with limited mobility wants to avoid. So, bathrooms can be particularly concerning. Install grab bars in and around toilets, showers and bathtubs to increase bathroom safety.
Small bathroom? Here’s an idea
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