The truth of the matter is that disability rates are rising all over the world, and many people now experience mobility issues and life-limiting ailments. Because of this, there is an increasing call to make our homes and workplaces more accessible. The World Health Organization estimates that over a billion people in the world have some form of disability, with 61 million of those living in the USA alone.
Maybe it’s you who has mobility struggles or a disability, or someone close to you. We all want to feel comfortable in our own homes, so why should areas be cut off to us? In this article, we’ll look at how you can make your home more accessible. If your surroundings no longer fit your lifestyle, what can you do to adjust?
The implementation of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the way in which public buildings are designed, and these changes are gradually affecting the way new homes are built. Installing ramps is now no longer confined to commercial premises. Ramps are now a common installation in new homes as they increase accessibility to a wider proportion of the population. Ramps can be a great tool to use to make your home more accessible. If you have to step up to get through the front door, then this could pose a risk if you have a disability or mobility issue. Installing a ramp can relieve these concerns, and it not only helps someone in a wheelchair or with crutches, but it also aids parents with prams and small children.
Install a Lift
Many homes have stairs, and some have more than one flight. To a person with mobility issues or a disability, stairs pose one of the biggest challenges in the home. Not only are they a challenge, but they are also a safety concern. Many accidents occur on the stairs. These days there are methods available to make the challenge of climbing the stairs a thing of the past. Lifts are no longer confined to commercial premises and can now be fitted in homes. So, if stairs do pose a challenge to you, then why not install a vertical lift? You’d be surprised by how easily a lift would fit into your home. They don’t have to be big, bulky contraptions.
Make Your Bathroom Accessible
The average bathroom comes with a standard bath and shower cubicle, but if you have mobility struggles, these standard fittings can pose a challenge. Bathing and showering should be relaxing experiences, not stressful, so what can you do to make your bathroom more accessible? There are simple changes you can make, such as adding in an elevated toilet seat or grip bar, and more complex alterations, such as installing a walk-in shower. Work out what would be best for you and explore these strategies.
Make Your Kitchen Accessible
Most kitchens have high countertops so that they can be reached by someone standing up, and there are usually cupboards up on the walls too. But reaching a high countertop or cupboard is difficult for someone who struggles to stand on their feet or requires a wheelchair. You can combat these difficulties by lowering the countertop and ensuring all cupboards are at ground level. You can also get innovative storage solutions, like pull-out wracks, which would make your kitchen even more accessible. If you’re not in a wheelchair, but someone in your family is, you can lower one section of the countertop, whilst keeping the rest at standing height; that way, everyone in the family can access the kitchen.