Accessibility has become a fairly big concern for people when renovating their houses. Accommodations for family members with movement challenges and disabilities should be considered when purchasing a home or renting apartment.
While you might not be coping with a disability right now or have any family members that have mobility issues, it’s still worth considering the possibility of renovating your home in the future so that you can accommodate these challenges when needed.
Read below for our tips on creating home accessibility for you and your loved ones.
1. Ramp Access Around The Home
Whether it’s a wheelchair or crutches, anyone with a mobility issue should avoid steps if possible. If you want a quick fix when it comes to stairs in your home, then why not consider replacing them with a ramp? This is becoming very common in terms of home accessibility solutions and many new homes are being built with low ramps instead of stairs.
Even newly built apartment buildings (in most states) are now legally required to have home accessibility options for tenants.
2. Making The Kitchen More Accessible
A kitchen is a place that everyone in the family uses at some point throughout the day. Whether it’s to cook a full meal for a family of four or just to make a cup of coffee, the kitchen should be a place where accessibility is a primary focus.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Install lower countertops and surfaces and make space underneath so that wheelchair users have an easier time using the kitchen.
- Lower appliances when possible so that everyone has an easier time accessing them.
- Ensure there is plenty of lighting so that the kitchen can be used at all times of the day.
- Raising certain appliances off of the floor can also help, such as the oven or dishwasher.
Since every disability is different, it’s important to consider the exact needs of anyone in your home that is facing a mobility challenge and consider what would make using the kitchen more comfortable for them.
3. Home Accessibility in a Multi-Level Home is Such A Challenge
When you have a home with multiple levels, it becomes difficult to go up and down different floors when you’re in a wheelchair or have mobility problems. There are two main solutions for this: a stairlift and an in-home elevator.
Both of these are definitely not DIY solutions unless you have a lot of renovation knowledge, and they can both be rather expensive. However, it’s an important renovation if you want your friends and family members to remain independent in your home.
Hope these tips on home accessibility help guide you on just a few things to consider when it’s time to purchase a home or when considering which apartment you’ll move to next. If you have any tips on increasing home accessibility, please leave them in the comments below!