Home Remodeling For Disabled – How to Get Around
Home remodeling for disabled individuals requires more time and care than most people give their own homes. Most people think they can “wing it” and make any and all modifications they’d like. The fact is, even the most basic and smallest modifications to a home can be very difficult for someone who must use a wheelchair. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done that will make life much easier and more comfortable for the disabled. Here’s a look at some of these modifications:
o Installing grab bars in the bathroom and shower area can make a world of difference for the disabled. Grab bars should be installed on both sides of the tub or shower to grab onto. This provides a way for the disabled to get in and out of the tub without having to fight with the door or wall. It also provides them with a safer way to enter and exit the shower or tub. Most universal design systems on the market include these grab bars.
o Staircase modifications can make a huge difference when remodeling for the disabled. If the stairs are narrow, or just not wide enough for a normal sized person, then ramps or lifts can be installed to provide easy access up and down the stairs. This can greatly increase the level of accessibility for seniors and allow them to move freely around the home. Seniors can also enjoy taking short jogs in the yard or on the porch instead of being bound to a stairwell or hallway.
o Remodeling with accessible features in the kitchen, such as grab bars or ramps, can also be very beneficial. Many disabled individuals don’t feel they can mix and match or customize the kitchen the way non-handicapped people can. By incorporating customizable features into the remodeling of the kitchen, such as custom lighting and canisters or custom carts, the disabled can enjoy more choice and more control over their kitchen.
o Other areas that can be modified during remodeling for disabled folks are the basement and crawl spaces. Often with the basement, there is no visible floor or wall space, so there is a need for ramps or a trolley to get in and out. Custom or adjustable ramps can be installed to provide greater accessibility. Crawl spaces, such as basements, should have a set of stairs made accessible from the top floor. Blinds or other barriers can be installed along the stairs, or to block off the entire area from the bottom floor, depending on the needs of the homeowner.
These are just a few examples of what can be done during home remodeling for disabled individuals. There are many more details that will vary according to each homeowner’s individual situation. However, you’ll want to keep these in mind, so you can look for ways to make life easier for those special needs in your life. With a little planning and creative thinking, you can do an excellent job of helping them to live an independent life. You’ll also be doing yourself a favor, as you’ll no longer have to worry about getting around them in a wheelchair!