A handicap accessible home will accommodate the needs of a person with a disability by enabling them to enter and move around with relative ease. While improving accessibility requires an investment of your time, it doesn’t have to be costly. Below are four tricks that can help you improve the accessibility of your home with ease.
Perhaps the first and most obvious area that needs to be made accessible is the entrance. Rarely is the entryway of homes made accessible unless it has been custom built because one of the residents, a friend or a family member has a disability. An easy way to make the entrance accessible is by adding a wooden wheelchair ramp. This doesn’t have to be a commercial quality ramp, but it also shouldn’t just be a piece of wood without an grit strips. With a little bit of elbow grease, it’s easy to add a ramp. If you don’t want to use wood, you can opt for a concrete ramp.
Doorways in most homes are standard, unless you have a luxury home with oversized doors. A doorframe that’s ADA compliant will be a minimum of 32 inches in width. This should include exterior and interior doorways. An easy adjustment that can be made to interior doors is changing the swing to outward instead of inwards. This expands the amount of space in the doorway.
Another aspect of doorways that can be easily adjusted to improve handicap accessibility is the type of door handles that are used throughout your home. If you have doorknobs, it could be difficult for a person with a disability to use. Instead, you should install pull handles. Pull handles are fast and easy to install. It’s worth noting that they are inexpensive.
3. Bathroom Handrails
The bathroom is one area that should definitely be made handicap accessible. For starters, you can install handrails with relative ease. Doing so will enable a person with a disability to maintain stability when using the bathroom. It’s also important from a safety perspective. A trick to consider that’s related to bathroom accessibility is using a toilet seat that enables you to add an additional seat for height.
If possible, you should remove the cabinet from the sink because it offers improved accessibility. Removing a cabinet is very beneficial to disabled persons because it enables them to position their wheelchair in front of the sink. Fortunately, removing a cabinet is not a difficult task.
These are several easy ways in which you can make your home more inclusive and handicap accessible without spending a lot of money. These changes can also be useful if you have an aging family member. With a little time and effort, you can achieve the desired outcome and you’ll be glad you did.