When adapting to a particular lifestyle because of chronic illnesses or mobility problems or moving from one place to another, it is important to consider home accessibility. Aging is one factor that can influence the need for accessibility in a home. Many people want to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible in their house, and there are various ways this can be achieved. Moving to a new property can be difficult, mainly if it is not handicap accessible. This article will provide information on the best tips related to accessibility of your new home after moving. What Features Can Be Altered In Different Rooms?
1. The Bedroom
One of the easiest ways to make a bedroom more comfortable and accessible is choosing a suitable bed. Many people do not always consider the bed, but it is an essential element in the bedroom – in fact, it is called a “bed” room. A simple change would be purchasing a new mattress. If you have mobility or joint problems, it is recommended that you buy a firmer mattress with memory foam.
Adjustable beds can also be used for individuals who find themselves housebound. This type of bed can be adapted to suit the person’s needs at different times. For example, an adjustable bed can be raised to read or sit up by pressing a button.
2. Closet And Wardrobe Space
Consider how you currently access your clothes in a wardrobe or closet. Some people find the installation of closet bars to help choose what to wear, particularly when in a wheelchair. Automatic closet bars are highly beneficial as they “bring” the clothing to seat level, making access much more straightforward.
Wardrobes can be altered using wire drawers or plastic containers. This helps to see what is kept in the drawers, as well as accessing the items more quickly.
3. The Bathroom
One of the most relaxing experiences is a nice, hot shower or bath. Unfortunately, people with mobility problems cannot always enjoy this comfort. Instead of being relaxing, the hot shower or bath can be a difficult task and tends to result in traumatic experiences. People value their independence in a bathroom, and having to ask for help can be challenging.
The obvious considerations when altering the bathroom include changing the size and shape of the shower, bath, and sink. Accessibility can also be improved by changing the taps and flushing facilities. It is recommended that the size of a bathroom door is changed, mainly when dealing with wheelchair access; furthermore, bath-room features like a grab bar, door, and comfortable seating. This maintains the person’s privacy with simple adaptations.
4. The Kitchen
The majority of people view a kitchen as one of the most critical areas in a house. It is the place where people make meals, eat, talk, and socialize – particularly if the kitchen uses an open plan design. If the new property does not have an open plan kitchen, it may be worthwhile to consider turning the kitchen the living area and kitchen into a large space. It allows for easy mobility and accessibility, especially when in a wheelchair.
Similar to the bathroom adaptations, it is recommended you replace the taps with push controls or single levers if you are moving into your new home, as these are common moving mistakes that people make. Another consideration is the kitchen flooring. Tiles or porcelain tiled floors keep the area cool and fresh, whereas wooden or laminate flooring can become humid and hot. People with mobility issues often find a cool floor more beneficial.
5. The Living Room
A living room is often used for relaxation. Similar to the kitchen, this is an area where people socialize and talk (but with comfortable sofas instead of hard kitchen table seats). A simple alteration to increase accessibility involves the flooring. Rugs and carpets may be attractive, but they can be problematic when dealing with wheelchairs. Laminate, wood, and tiled flooring may be more beneficial.
Another consideration includes the placement of electrical appliances in a living room. Irrespective of it being a stereo, television, clock, lamp, or electric fan, they all have hazardous trailing cords. Cable tidies ensure the wires are hidden and reduce the risk of tripping.
6. The Hallway
Hallways are part of most houses being a passage to different rooms. Separate rooms are placed on the right or left along a hall, but the doorways can often be a problem. To improve accessibility, installing a ramp on the door is recommended. This is particularly effective when dealing with wheelchairs. A wider hallway can also be useful if a wheelchair has to be used.
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