You call your house a home because it is a place of comfort. If you have a family member who is disabled, building a truly comfortable home is an overwhelming task. Before you get the estimates of remodeling your home for disabled-friendly, there is a huge process involved in identifying the chances your abode needs to bring in all the requirements. Cartier Renovations would love to help you for the same. Read on for some of the insights for people with disabilities.
Key areas to focus on
- Bathrooms: they are high risk areas for falls and slips which makes it a central area to focus on for remodeling purposes for a disabled family member.
- Kitchen: updating your kitchen is also an important factor to remodel for a disabled family member to make sure that all the surfaces and appliances are usable.
- Entrances and stairways: they are particularly important to ensure that you and your loved one can conveniently enter and move around in the home by their own means.
Important bathroom modifications
- Walk in showers: showers that level with the bathroom floor are wheelchair accessible as well as safer to use.
- Grab bars: handles installed next to the bathroom fixtures like the shower can greatly enhance the accessibility.
- Lowered sinks and countertops: this is another way to help those with a wheelchair to help them reach the sinks, countertops and cabinet space
- Widening doorways and floor space: they let the disabled family members to easily enter and exit the room.
Important kitchen modifications
- Lowered countertops and cabinets: using these with pull out drawers makes seeking and using the cookware easily. The ideal height for the countertops is usually 28 to 34 inches tall. You can customize it according to your needs.
- Touch sensitive faucets: they are helpful for those who have limited use of their hands or arms.
- Lowering power outlets: relocating these will make using the appliances very convenient. If your budget allows, install these in other rooms as well.
Important mobility modifications
- Wheelchair ramp: this is the most common mobility modification as it will let the disabled family member a huge degree of independence.
- Chair lift/elevator: on the basis of the scope of your project, install a chair lift or an in home elevator. The former needs no kind of remodeling to install and is an economical option. But the latter adds to the benefit of being mobile and more independent between floors with minimal efforts.