A home is more than just a house. It is a place where you find your sanctuary, comfort, and safety. But for people with disabilities, a home can often feel like a challenge. If you have any kind of mobility issues, then you may feel like your house is holding you back from living your best life.
If you feel like you are frustrated or uncomfortable in your own home, it is time to look into ways to modify it. With some changes, you can create a home that is comfortable and everything you’ve dreamed of no matter what your handicap is. In this article, we will go over several additions you should make to your home to make it more livable.
Getting into and out of the house is one of the biggest challenges for a handicapped person. Thiks is why it is important to start with the exterior to make sure there are no challenges with getting out or into the house.
One of the most common structural modifications in homes to support individuals with disabilities includes ramps and lifts. These allow for easy access in and out of the home, especially for those using wheelchairs or walkers.
Handrails should be added to the ramp, stairs, and even the entrance to the house. This is a good opportunity to add a touch of style to your home and choose elegant handrails. They provide support when walking or moving up and down stairs, but are not just a safety feature since can also add to the aesthetic of a home.
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house even for able bodied people. The wet floors, cramped conditions, and the stepping over the side of a shower can be problematic especially if you have mobility issues.
Many people opt for a bidet since it is easier to maintain good personal hygiene when you can be hands free.
The shower also needs to be modified. Look into walk in showers that allow you to access the shower without stepping over the edge of a tub. Many can be outfitted with a built in seat so you can sit and wash without the risk of falling.
The kitchen is another area that often needs modifications to make it more accessible. One such modification is lowering countertops and cabinets. This allows individuals who are seated or of shorter stature to reach kitchen items more comfortably.
Switching out traditional round doorknobs and faucet handles for lever-type handles is another practical change. Lever handles are easier to operate, especially for individuals with limited hand strength or dexterity.
Modern kitchens can also benefit from touch or voice-activated appliances. These types of appliances can make cooking and cleaning tasks easier for people with various types of disabilities. From refrigerators to microwaves, many appliances now offer features that simplify their use, making the kitchen a more accessible and enjoyable space for everyone.