For someone facing mobility issues and requiring the use of a wheelchair, a wheelchair accessible house is not only a matter of comfort but also of quality of life. Here are a few simple hacks and tips to follow in order to make your place accessible without breaking the bank.
Home Automation Systems And Smart Home Devices:
Using a smart home automation device can bring greater independence and control of appliances and items around the house, such as the thermostat control, door locks, TV’s, smart hubs and voice assistance, all through a smartphone or tablet.
Adding Ramps And Stair Lifts:
Elevation changes are something to be aware of, since many homes have at least a step or two, even a whole flight of stairs, so adding ramps and stair lifts is essential in this case for turning your home into a wheelchair accessible house.
Consider the local building codes during initial planning as well as the space limitations and materials you’re working with. At Van Products, our stair lifts are customized to fit the specific requirements of your home so you won’t have to deal with those sorts of issues yourself.
Remodeling the kitchen and bathroom:
By making small modifications into these spaces injuries can be avoided and greater independence achieved. Enlarging the doorways – The ADA recommends a doorframe of at least 32 inches wide – lowering kitchen countertops, ensuring there’s enough turn around space, roll in showers with a good anti-slip surface and bathroom sinks with space to roll the legs under when using the faucet are some of the things to be aware of when turning your house into a wheelchair accessible home.
Relocate and rearrange furniture:
Generally, moving things such as mirrors or a mailbox to a lower height is a good start when creating a wheelchair accessible house. Also, clearing up around the house, keeping paths clear and adapting to a more open space concept can make your home more wheelchair friendly.
Relocate A Room To The Downstairs Floor:
Relocating a bedroom to the downstairs floor can help tremendously in making things more comfortable for the wheelchair user at home, so they can function independently and unassisted throughout the day.
Making a large, accessible bedroom won’t require much more than a few adjustments, such as pushing the bed against the wall and using more compact furniture such as dressers and desks.