7 Ways to Make Your Home Disability Friendly. #3 Will Save You Time AND A Headache!

Do you need to make your home more accessible for yourself or a disabled family member? According to the US Census, almost seven million Americans suffer from a disability that makes it tough to get around the house, so you are certainly not alone. Creating a safe and comfortable haven for elderly and disabled people requires some thought, but it does not always cost a lot of money. Consider some simple tips to help your loved one enjoy her independence without the fear of tripping, slipping or falling and causing potentially serious harm.

  1. You might as well start right outside of the front door. If you have a couple of steps that lead to your door, consider constructing a ramp. If you are handy, you can build the ramp out of common materials. If not, this should be a simple task for a carpenter. If the incline is steep, or you just don’t want to ruin the curb appeal of your home, you may want to consider installing a vertical wheelchair lift.
  2. Speaking of stairs, does your home have multiple stories that the disabled person needs to navigate? You can also install wheelchair lifts on the stair, so grandma or grandpa can simply glide up and down. If installing a lift is out of your budget, why not give the disabled person a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor?
  3. Tile or hardwood floors are easier to navigate in a wheelchair or even for those who need to use a walker. If you have carpet or not, make sure you don’t have any tripping hazards. These tend to occur where floors are joined between rooms. Rugs tend to be a huge slipping hazard, especially on smooth surfaces like tile or hard wood  Instead of carpeting the rooms with hard floors, and getting rid of the rugs altogether, why not use double sided industrial tape to adhere the rug to the smooth surface and prevent future slips!
  4. Bathrooms can be hazardous for people who suffer from infirmities, and for many of them, the bathroom is one of the most vital rooms in the house. Consider installing safety rails in the bathtub or shower. Also, install a safety rail by the new raised toilet that you plan to buy.
  5. A lift chair can help disabled people sit and stand more comfortably, so you should consider buying one for the family room. That way, your disabled family member can enjoy games and TV with the family.
  6. Lots of accidents happen in kitchen because of spills. If your kitchen floor has a surface that might get slippery when wet, as many do, consider buying a mat with a non-skid surface. Also, make sure that all family members know they have to be extra careful to clean up messes. Even a dropped ice cube can cause a fall.
  7. Make sure that your disabled family member or guest has access to communication from bed or her favorite chair. You might simply make sure that she has a charged cell phone on her at all times, or you may choose to get her one of those alarms, so she can push a button for help. If the disabled person has a smart phone, you can buy some great phone apps that make cell phones easier to use for people with limited mobility or vision problems. Some of these phone

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