When you’re building your dream home, you probably aren’t thinking about making your home wheelchair accessible. However, if you want to stay in your home as you age, it pays to think ahead and make your home wheelchair accessible for the future. Here’s a list of modifications and home access products you should consider for each area of your home:
Bedroom: Install an overhang lift or a manual trapeze to assist with getting in and out of bed.
Bathroom: Install a bathtub lift and a toilet lift, as well as grab bars by both for extra safety.
Basement/Attic: Install a stair lift to easily and safely access different levels of your home.
Porch/Yard: Install a durable outdoor stair lift or a portable ramp to easily enter your home.
Kitchen: Make sure that all counters and cabinets are easy to reach from a wheelchair. Give the table height at least 27” of knee clearance between the floor and table underside, along with a clear floor area of 30” x 48” at each seat.
Garage: A two-car garage gives you plenty of room to move comfortably in between your car and your home’s entry.
Throughout the home, make sure that your hallways and doors are wide enough to comfortably accommodate any mobility vehicle; this generally comes out to 36” wide in hallways and 32” wide in doorways, plus 36” in all directions for a 180 degree turn. Your home’s lighting controls should be easy to access to use, and keep your home well-lit for safety. Finally, install phone or alert systems by the bed and near the toilet or shower, as well as throughout the home so that in case of an emergency, you’re always able to call for help.
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