If you have a loved one living with you who is in a wheelchair, because it is the place that they call “home”, you definitely want them to be as comfortable as possible. However, sometimes it can be challenging (and expensive) to design ways for your house to be wheelchair accessible.
If this has been your dilemma, we have some tips on how you can make your home wheelchair accessible without it costing a ton of money or taking up a lot of your time.
Check out these five tips below:
Widen your doors. Of all of the recommendations that we’ll make, this one may cost the most because, chances are, you will probably need to hire a contractor in order for you to widen up your doors. It’s one of the best things that you can do, though, to make it easier for the person in the wheelchair to get around and about.
Put up some ramps. Another important thing to do is build some on-ramps at all of the entrances and exits of your house. This is what will make it easier for the wheelchair to move up to front and back doors, as well as patios.
Make some rearrangements. If you have rooms that are filled with furniture, you’re probably either going to have to rearrange it all or get rid of a couple of pieces. You definitely want the person in the wheelchair to have space to get in and out of different rooms within the house without running into chairs or couches or having to wait for you to move things out of the way all of the time.
Loosen up. Is there anything more annoying than a pothole in the middle of the road? For someone in a wheelchair, a very close equivalent would have to be loose rugs on the floor. If a part of it happens to get caught up in the spokes of a wheelchair, it can cause some major inconveniences. Therefore, it’s best to pretty much get rid of them in any space where the wheelchair will be consistently riding over.
Level things out. In the bedroom where the person in the wheelchair will be staying, make sure that things like their dresser and the racks of clothes in their closets are at a level where they can reach them while sitting down. As a matter of fact, as it relates to their closet specifically, you might want to (eventually) build a walk-in closet for them. It will probably make things much easier.
Upgrade the bathroom. If you go to a website like 1800wheelchair.com, one of the tips that they will probably give you is to make sure that the person in the wheelchair’s bathroom is user-friendly. This would include installing a seat in the shower for them (for stability) and adding hand rails along the toilet seat and bathtub.
Change your doorknobs. This is a tip that a lot of people probably don’t think about, but for people in a wheelchair, it tends to be easier for them to get what they need if they can open doors and cabinets with a lever rather than a doorknob. So, consider making this adjustment, especially in their bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen. It will make live more convenient, ultimately, for everyone.