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Making your home mobility friendly

*A collaborative post // 

With so many people living with a disability, including adults and young children – it’s never been more important to make sure that your home can accommodate their needs, especially if someone who needs a little extra help to do things, lives with you or regularly comes to visit. Here you’ll find a few ideas of how you can update or modify your home to accommodate someone with additional mobility requirements.                

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The Bathroom

Improvements in the bathroom could include easy accessibility to the bath, shower, toilet and sink areas.

Those who don’t have adequate access to the bathroom are sometimes forced to use the kitchen sink to wash themselves. For accessibility, the bathroom should be as wide as possible to provide easy manoeuvrability for wheelchair users. Adjustments to things like the toilet can also be a big help. Whether it’s a raised toilet seat or one with a hand rail nearby – if you take a look at the betterbathrooms toilet seat range you should get a few ideas.

Bedroom

A bedroom should have ample space for manoeuvrability as well. Easy access to closets, shelves, and storage space can also be a big help in this area of the home.

Living Room

A wide living room is ideal. Light switches should be easily reachable by any mobility disabled persons. It is an excellent idea to have all light switches in one place, including switches that enable table lamps and all other types of lighting in a room.

Dining Room

A dining room should be broad and allow for easy access to the kitchen and other areas of the home. It is an excellent idea to connect the dining room with both the living room and kitchen through very wide doorways or an open floor plan.

Kitchen

Excellent additions to a kitchen may include a low sink as well as low counters in which appliances can be easily accessed. Low cupboards can also be a great help in the kitchen.

Wheelchair users would benefit from spacious and wide pathways in the kitchen, which will allow for easy manoeuvrability. Low power outlets may also be a helpful addition to wheelchair users.

According to some wheelchair users, appliances that are too small and pathways that are too narrow can lead to a lot of discomfort and lack of accessibility in the kitchen.

Entrance/Exits

Entrance walkways to the home should be wide enough for wheelchair access. Walkways should also be connected and levelled to match any driveways of the home.

In Case of Emergency

You should also plan accordingly for the possibility of fire and other emergency situations.

All of the common measures should be taken to ensure fire safety when building the home, but the home should be optimized for escape routes in case of emergency. All rooms of the home should have a quick escape route to the exits and entryways.

Garage

A garage should also be optimized for access by mobility-impaired people. It is important that a home’s garage is wide enough to accommodate a lift-equipped van, leaving ample room for loading and unloading of a wheelchair.

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