3 Ways to Make Your House More Accessible for a Mobility Challenged Person

If you are a homeowner or a long term renter, chances are many different kinds of people will visit your house while you live in it. Some of these people might be older friends or relatives, some of whom will have trouble moving around your house. There are other reasons that people have mobility difficulties, and you might struggle with this yourself for one reason or another. Whatever the case, it’s important to help make your home more useful and accessible to people you care about who don’t get around very easily. Here are three ways to make improve matters.

  • In the Bathroom. The bathroom is, arguably, the most important room in the house. It’s the one room in the house that everybody uses, every single day. But the bathroom can be an enormous challenge for people with mobilities troubles. Slips and falls occur in the bathroom more than in any other room in the house. You can help combat this by having mats and grippable flooring in key areas and within the bathtub/shower itself. Choose a walkin bath for the best possible access for these situations. Make sure light switches are easy to find and operate, as accidents tend to occur more frequently in the dark. Have storage of toilet paper, towels, and other bathroom essentials easily accessible, even for people who may not have the reach and maneuverability that you enjoy.
  • Staircases are the bane of existence for people who don’t have much strength of dexterity. They’ve a constant obstacle separating them from where they need to be. There are several ways to handle this situation. One is to give the individual or individuals a bedroom downstairs. If the kitchen and bathroom are also downstairs, they may never have to go up to the second story of your home. You may also want to consider a wheelchair lift for staircases.
  • The Living Room. While you might not immediately think of it if you don’t have a problem with mobility, the living room can be a huge challenge for older people and differently abled young people. One of the biggest difficulties is rising from a seated position, or getting into a chair or couch in the first place. This is because most comfy chairs and couches sit very low. The problem is compounded when the sitter sinks into the fluffy pillows. Without sufficient strength, rising from these locations can be all but impossible. Firm, high chairs and furniture built specifically for people who have difficulty rising will solve this problem.

This does not exhaust all of the potential problems that mobility impaired people routinely face. But if you manage to correct these issues, you’ll go a long way in making your home much more accessible for people who don’t have the strength and health that you do. Once you start to understand the problems that these corrections solve, you’ll start to find even more ways to make your home accessible for people of all different ages and health levels.

 

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