5 Tips For Making Your Home More Wheelchair Friendly

5 Tips For Making Your Home More Wheelchair Friendly
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    Please remember that age is not always a factor in making a home more wheelchair friendly.

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Fully ambient humans seldom think of the small things that by the end of the day can add up to a huge inconvenience, and detriment, to the physical and mental needs of the family. Here are some helpful tips on preparing and improving a wheelchair friendly home.

Remove Clutter Both Inside and Outside

Organization is not a bad thing; it helps save time, money, and hassle. Rearranging furniture creates plenty of open floor space for maneuvering a wheelchair. Remove stacks of books and magazine from the floor and place them on end tables, and lower the bookshelves for easy reach. Tile or other types of smooth flooring navigate more efficiently than carpeted floors.

Easy Access for Climate and Electrical Controls

Replacing landline phones with wireless units not only eliminates tangled cords, but it also makes it possible to carry the phone anywhere in the house. Contact a heating and cooling company about lowering the thermostat for easy reach of the wheelchair height. Install additional electrical outlets if necessary to prevent the wheelchair from rolling over the extension cords.

Bath, Kitchen and Food Preparation

Bathing and dressing, and cooking and preparing food present situations that a contractor and plumber quickly solves. Have a plumber install a smaller sink off the side of the bathroom vanity, and change out existing tub/showers with walk-in fixtures. Install handy-rails and assistance bars for both bathing and toilet needs. In the kitchen, lower the counter tops and sink and provide a roll-under area, and replace the refrigerator with a bottom drawer freezer and easy-use ice-maker.

Stairs for Both Inside and Out

Installation of ramps is not the only option. Vertical platform lifts work well off decks and balconies and prevent mishaps during wet and icy conditions. Install stairway lifts with swivel platforms or seats at every set of indoor stairs for full independence and fire safety. You definitely want to make sure that your home is as easy to get around as possible in case of emergencies.

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Home Entrances, Doorways, and Doorknobs

Short of removing all doors, consider installing doors that slide into the wall. Install spring-loaded door catches that attach to the wall and hold exterior doors open. Consider lowering door knobs or installing automatic door openers. Overall, as you become older and more immobile it is essential for you to do all that you can to make your home more wheelchair friendly.

You may also want to look into equipment and services from companies like Corner Home Medical to make sure that you have access to everything you need. It may seem like a lot of effort to renovate your home, but it will definitely be worth it down the road. It is definitely essential for you to do all that you can now to make your home more accessible in the future.

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