Disability Adaptations For The Home: What to Consider

Disability Adaptations For The Home: What to Consider

For those with a disability, a conventional home can prove to be a difficult place to navigate. With a little thought and planning, though, certain adaptations can be made that will make life a lot easier for anyone who suffers from these problems.

For those with a disability, a conventional home can prove to be a difficult place to navigate. With a little thought and planning, though, certain adaptations can be made that will make life a lot easier for anyone who suffers from these problems.

The Bathroom

easy access showers

This room can be easily modified so that those who have mobility problems or are finding that their movement has become restricted due to their advancing years will still be able to enjoy the luxuries of a relaxing bath, or shower without requiring help.

walk in baths

A specially designed, easy-access or walk in shower is an ideal and practical answer to bathing if a bath is not to your taste. If however you are a bath person, there are a range of different solutions on the market. Easy access baths come in a selection of different styles and sizes, with a range of options for you to choose from.

Wheelchair Adaptation

wheelchair rampIf you are modifying a house for someone who is a wheelchair user, try and sit in a chair yourself. You’ll be able to view the world from a completely different perspective and then discover how difficult it can be to run a home when all the work surfaces in the kitchen are too high, or the towel racks in the bathroom are just out of reach.

Every 8 hours in the UK, someone is told they may never walk again. This devastating statistic includes those who have suffered car accidents, individuals whose mobility has become affected following a spinal injury and a whole host of other problems. There is a growing demand to recognise the difficulties faced by those in wheelchairs and the Carers UK website advocates that more people should apply for a Disabled Facilities grant in order to promote independent living.

Modifications

wall-grab-railsMost wheelchairs do not fit through conventional doorways, so consultation with an architect may assist in the practicalities of expanding these spaces. Wheelchair users and individuals who need to use a walking stick or Zimmer frame to get around may encounter problems with the stairs, so it is worth looking at stair lift options.

There is plenty more you can do to make home life that bit easier. Try to make sure that access to the front door includes a ramp. Inside the home, install rails along the walls as a precaution. In the bedroom, make sure that the bed isn’t too high. These simple points can really improve quality of life and prolong independent living.

Image sources:

  • www.stannah.com
  • www.bathingsolutions.co.uk
  • www.portaramp.co.uk
  • www.shapeyourworld.co.uk