Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible

 

Vector cartoon characters and wheelchairs

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

Transitions

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.

EZ-ACCESS 1 -IN THRESHOLD RAMP

Doorways

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

Kitchen

Sinks

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”

 

 

Bathroom

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.

Hand Held Shower

Grab bars

Suction Cup Grab BarsWet 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.

Suction Cup Grab Bars

Small bathroom? Here’s an idea

Handicap Accessible Bathroom

See more at: http://blog.homehealthmedical.com/2012/05/affordable-ways-to-make-your-home-handicap-accessible/#sthash.MCQaKrDb.dpu

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2 responses to “Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible”

  1. thegulfcoast says :

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