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Tips and Tricks for Home Accessibility
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Tips and Tricks for Home Accessibility

Are the stairs too small in your home? Are the door frames not wide enough? Are there too many obstacles? Wheelchair users deal with all of these issues far too frequently. With the right home, though, and the adequate material, wheelchair users can increase their at home comfort. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make an accessible home.

The Entrance

If you want to make the entrance just right, you may have to enlarge it. Some could even be completely taken out as well in order to allow a wheelchair – electric or manual – to move about easily. In order to do this, you need to review what you can do to the main entrance to begin with. First, you can forget about the carpet in front of the door – that is only added padding that could end up being cumbersome. Then, you need to verify the width and make it large enough for a wheelchair. The locks need to be low enough for a person who's seated to be able to reach it.

The Bathroom

In order to be able to fully wash yourself and to do yourself up, the bathroom needs to be a comfortable and functional space. From an Italian shower with a built-in chair to a bathtub with a door, the options to make the bathroom more accessible are many. As for the valves, a thermostatic model will allow you to have one hand free and add some comfort. And, just like the rest of the house, a few handrails in the right places will be most welcome. Make sure that any carpeting is not going to slip.

The Kitchen

Cooking is an essential, and often enjoyable, task. To make things easier, the work area, the cupboards and the sink must be at the right height. It is also easier to work with electric rings instead of a gas stove. It is also easier to cook with an oven that is not built into the wall.

The Bedroom

Although a pretty bedroom is fun and welcoming, it must also be comfortable. Any medical equipment can easily sit next to other parts of the room and blend well with the décor. And just because bedroom decor needs to serve a dual-purpose as therapeutic equipment doesn't mean it has to look sterile and clinical. Nowadays there are luxurious home hospital beds that are as comfortable and stylish as any normal regular bed! To help with getting up in the middle of the night, keep a nightstand close by with a lamp on it. Put anything you might need there – medication, cough drops, water, and so on. Furthermore, make sure that the bed is easily accessible and not blocked by anything, in order to be able to get in and out of it easily and quickly.

The Living Room

This is the room where guests are usually greeted. And, in order to do so, it must be well-furnished and organized. What will surely help is to add handrails next to the couch to help anyone who needs it to stand and sit alone. Carpets are also discouraged here.

These simple tips are what will make your living space the most comfortable and accessible. 

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