Many people want their homes to be a safe space, a place where they can feel comfortable, and it is important that everyone has access to that. However, unfortunately, not everyone does feel this way, particularly people with disabilities or health issues. Not all homes are built to make living at home with a disability or health condition safe, easy, or comfortable. Unfortunately, the current economy doesn’t support the view that this should be an essential, not a luxury, so people have to try to make whatever adaptations they can.
Whether you’re looking to enhance accessibility for yourself, your family, or your friends or improve your home for better mobility, the good news is that even a few simple changes can make your home a more inclusive and comfortable environment.
Take a look at these changes below.
Handrails for any part of the home are an excellent and low-cost addition that can significantly enhance someone’s mobility. They can be most useful on staircases and bathrooms where there is a greater risk of falling. So, with that in mind, it can be worth installing sturdy handrails on both sides of any staircase you have to provide support and stability when going up or down. In the bathroom, grab bars strategically placed near the toilet, bathtub, and shower can offer extra assistance.
Get A New Bathroom
The bathroom will be a place everyone uses when in your home. This is why this is one room you should focus on making the most accessible and mobility-friendly. Depending on who the house changes are for will determine whether you kit out the bathroom entirely or just make a few changes, like installing different faucets or mobility-friendly toilets and other accessories. If you are making changes for yourself or another family member that lives here, a full bathroom renovation with a curbless shower or walk-in bath is recommended. Look at modern disabled bathrooms for a better idea of what your room could look like.
Good lighting is essential for being able to see where you are going, and that essentially contributes to safer movement around your home. Make sure that all hallways, staircases, and entrances are well-lit, and if you have any particularly dark crevasses, get a temp light in there too such as battery-operated ‘touch on and off’ sticky lights. Motion sensor lights can also be a great option to ensure that you automatically have a lit-up path as you move around.
Remove Tripping Hazards
Tripping hazards are a pain in any home, but if you are someone who is unstable on their feet or need to get by on a wheelchair, they cause real problems. Scour your floor and identify anything you think could be dangerous, which can be anything from loose carpets or those with the corners turned up on the end, rugs without non-slip pads, or furniture that is in an awkward place.
Make sure to repair or replace any damaged flooring that could be dangerous too, and keep any other sneaky trip hazards tucked in, such as electrical cords and charging cables.
Personalize Your Living Space
Making your home as comfortable as possible, along with personalization for individuals with limited mobility, can make the world of difference to their home experience. Making sure furniture is positioned in a way that makes it easy to move around and having comfortable seating with support and plenty of cushions or pillows to provide extra relief and assistance can make such a difference with little effort.