If you are a person with disabilities, remodeling your home may seem like an impossible task. However, there are many ways that you can modify your home to make it more accessible and comfortable for yourself and your family. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 steps that will help make the process of remodeling easier for people with disabilities.
1. Modify your kitchen to be more accessible
To modify your kitchen, you may cut your countertop to the desired height, or install a kitchen island that is lower than normal. You may also install a kitchen table that sits closer to the floor or hangs on the wall. These modifications will allow for more comfort and safety in your home, making it easier for you and others who have disabilities.
Use sliding door hardware instead of handles or knobs on cabinets and drawers. Drawer slides can be installed for easier access, also install drawer stops so they don’t accidentally slide open as much. Slides are great because they allow you to move the cabinet or drawer out without having to pull everything in front of it.
2. Install a ramp and handrails around the house for safety
A ramp that is installed at the top of a staircase will help people with disabilities to be able to get up and down stairs safely. The same can be said for installing handrails on both sides leading up, as well as one side going down the stairway. These investments are important not just in terms of safety but also convenience, as they will allow everyone to be able to use the stairs with minimal or no assistance.
Install also a ramp to help people with disabilities enter and exit the house. If the disabled can drive, which is possible by consulting vehicle adaptation companies, make sure there is a way for him to go to the garage and right amount of space to go up the car.
3. Add an outdoor shower for convenience and accessibility
For people with mobility impairments, water-free rest rooms can be difficult to navigate. Adding an outdoor shower that’s connected to the main house allows all members of the family access and saves on cleaning time for a person in a wheelchair or someone without use of their hands.
Make some modifications to your bathroom, such as adding a handheld showerhead or installing grab bars in the tub or toilet area.
4. Replace all light switches with ones that are easy to reach from a wheelchair or walker
Having all light switches easy to reach is one of the most important things you can do to make a home accessible for everyone.
Replace light switches with ones that are easy to hold down from low on the wall or next to doorways, so you don’t have to reach up high when holding onto something while going with your wheelchair in your hallway.
When installing new electrical wiring, put an “easy on” switch above the door frame and install a cordless lamp in the bathroom.
5. Consider removing carpeting due to its difficulty of cleaning and replacing it with wood floors that are easier to maintain (or vice versa)
When it comes to walking around, wood floors are way more favorable for a person with disabilities because they give you better traction when moving on them. Carpets often have the tendency of coming off or being difficult to clean if any spills happen, which can be an inconvenience. Wood is also a more durable option for floors and doesn’t need to be replaced as often.