Mod­i­fy­ing a home so that it’s suit­able for a wheel­chair user can be a chal­leng­ing process. But by learn­ing from the experts, you can get a head start on the plan­ning process. In this lat­est post, we offer five tips for mak­ing your home wheel­chair acces­si­ble.

  1. Con­sid­er the Entrance. The first step to con­sid­er is how to mod­i­fy the entrance to the home for the wheel­chair user. You should build a ramp or ensure a smooth path to each home entrance. When work­ing with the ramp design team, make sure the ramp is wide enough to accom­mo­date the person’s wheel­chair and review the poten­tial for adding handrails to any ramp space inte­grat­ed around the home.
  2. Install a Stair­way Lift. Stair­way lifts are now mak­ing it eas­i­er for those in wheel­chairs to quick­ly trans­port them­selves up and down stairs in the home. The instal­la­tion of a stair­way lift can help wheel­chair users retain their inde­pen­dence with­in the home envi­ron­ment and ensure that each area of the home is acces­si­ble to them. When inte­grat­ing a stair­way lift, ensure that the lift includes a swiv­el seat so that the wheel­chair user main­tains full ease of move­ment.
  3. Low­er Door Knobs. One impor­tant con­sid­er­a­tion that is often over­looked when address­ing home acces­si­bil­i­ty issues is door knobs. Door­knobs should be low­ered so that wheel­chair users can eas­i­ly get in and out of rooms in the home. When pos­si­ble, home­own­ers should also con­sid­er adding auto­mat­ic door open­ers with­in the home that can be used to sense when a per­son is wait­ing and to open auto­mat­i­cal­ly.
  4. Replace Cord Phones. Cord phones are a nui­sance for those in a wheel­chair. They can quick­ly become tan­gled dur­ing use and it can often be hard to access the phone in time when it’s ring­ing. To make the home more acces­si­ble, try to add a num­ber of cord­less phones in rooms through­out the home. This will ensure the wheel­chair user is able to main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion with friends and fam­i­ly while alone in the home.
  5. Low­er Kitchen Coun­ter­tops and Appli­ances. Wheel­chair users often strug­gle to main­tain their kitchen clean­ing and cook­ing rou­tines. To make the process eas­i­er, you can bring in a con­struc­tion team to review the process of low­er­ing kitchen coun­ter­tops and mak­ing appli­ances more acces­si­ble. This will ensure all kitchen items are eas­i­ly avail­able through­out the day.

By work­ing with trust­ed home mod­i­fi­ca­tion spe­cial­ists, you can trans­form your home for ide­al use by wheel­chair users. To dis­cov­er more on the mod­i­fi­ca­tion process, speak with our team today!

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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.