Home improvement – Adapting a home for disabilities
Dealing with a disability is never easy. Once you’ve dealt with the physical changes and limits of your body, you also have to deal with your home. The standard home isn’t always that welcoming of disabled people, so some alterations are often required.
Fortunately, these alterations are often easy and affordable to achieve. With the right preparation and planning, any home can be adapted to suit your needs. Whether it’s installed walk in showers, making sure there is enough space to move, or making sure everything is reachable.
Arguably one of the more sensitive areas, the common bathroom can hold many challenges for disabled people. Depending on the individual disability, getting in and out of a bath may be difficult. This is due to the straining on the upper body to get in and out of the bath. Likewise, even stepping up into the shower can be a difficult challenge for many. Both of these tasks are made even more difficult by the added risk of water and wet floors.
To solve this, you should install disabled showers and baths. These are typically walk-in models, but you can also find ones that accommodate large seats to transition from wheelchairs. These remove the threat of having to get in and out of the bath, using doors to offer a simple alternative. As for showers, the lower tray and the addition of a seat make this prospect just as easy.
Furthermore, these facilities often feature very similar dimensions to typical baths, meaning that very little work is done to the house; in most cases, it just like changing any other bath or shower.
Moving Around the Home
Likewise, one also needs to address the spacial requirements of the average home. Corridors are often crowded with large furniture units, and these can become obstacles if walking aids are used, as they simply provide another object that needs to be manoeuvred around.
This same logic applies for all the rooms in your home. A realistic amount of floor space needs to be present, ensuring that you can simply and easily reach everything you need to. This also includes leaving space for a wheelchair. You will need to get in and out of the wheelchair, so it only makes sense that the chair is placed alongside such furniture. This approach also needs to be applied to bedrooms and to the bathroom as well. This may be challenging in smaller rooms, but it is necessary.
Finally, you need to ensure everything is reachable. Storage may be too low or high, so rearranging this is crucial. This is obviously more important in some rooms than others. Typically you need to pay attention in rooms with lots of storage, notable the bedroom and the kitchen.
Depending on the circumstances, size may also be an issue. If holding items is difficult, then you will need larger handles on doors and furniture units. A bigger handle is easier to hold; this simple improvement makes much of home life so much easier.