Home Modification Tips for Wheelchair Accessibility

There might come a time in your life where it either you or a loved one might be in need of a wheelchair for mobility purposes. Your current home probably isn’t wheelchair accessible, but if there is a need, you will have to make some adjustments. Here are some tips to help make your home more wheelchair-accessible.

Adding a stair lift is one idea to make your home more accessible. It is a device that allows a person to navigate stairs from one level to another. It is a lot like an elevator and it is powered by electricity.
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Stair Lifts for Accessibility

The lift goes up and down using the existing stairwell. With a stair lift you don’t have to make too many design changes to your home and the wheelchair user can get up and down stairs without much assistance.

A wheelchair lift is another option for accessibility in the home and might be a necessity for the wheelchair user in your home. It gives the wheelchair user more independence as it allows them to get up and down stairs while still in their wheelchair.

The wheelchair lift makes it much easier to maneuver around the home and dramatically increases the disabled person’s mobility.

Vertical Lifts

Vertical lifts are another accessibility device that are quite similar to two mentioned above. As the name suggests, this device lifts vertically. What accessibility device you chose will depend on your situation (is it permanent or temporary?) and the amount of space you have to make the necessary changes.

For instance, you might go with a wheelchair lift instead of a vertical lift because it offers better service to the wheelchair user. You will have to evaluate your home, available space, your budget and of course he needs of the disabled person to come up with the best solution.

The good news is that there are things you can do with your home to make it more accessible for the wheelchair user.

A House Entrance Ramp is a Must

Remember that the outside ramp is also critical as it will allow simple entrance and exit to the home without needing assistance. You will also have to think about widening the doorways to accommodate the width of the wheelchair.

Give some thought about the space you need to have for the wheelchair to easily maneuver. You might have to make adjustments in the height of certain things especially in the kitchen so that they are accessible for the wheelchair user.

It is only a matter of time before everyone gets use to the new lifestyle.

 

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