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How to Make Your Home More Wheelchair Accessible

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If you’re moving house or you find you’re having to make your home wheelchair accessible, it’s important you’re doing absolutely everything you can. Although you may not be aware of all of the changes you need to make right away, there are a number of key things you should be doing as soon as you possibly can in order to make wheelchair users feel both safe and welcome. Whether it’s installing a ramp or widening your doors, you need to do as much as you can to help. With that in mind, here are a number of ways you can make your home more wheelchair accessible.

What Does Wheelchair Accessible Mean?

First of all, what does wheelchair accessible mean? To put it simply, it means ensuring a place is accessible for those that need to use a wheelchair. There need to be no limits, allowing wheelchair users to be used everything ambulatory individuals can use.

  • Ensure Your Entrance Has A Ramp Or Lift

One of the best ways to ensure your home is wheelchair accessible is to install a ramp that leads up to the entrance of your home. Whether there are 10 flights of stairs to your front door or just one step, you need to ensure this space is accessible to a wheelchair user. In some cases, you may find that installing a lift might be easier. For a guide to installing a ramp up to your home, you can visit this site here.

  • Make Sure Your Cabinets And Cupboards Are Low Enough For People To Access

If you’re living with someone who is a wheelchair user, ensuring the cabinets and cupboards are low enough for them to access is important. Although this may mean completely remodelling certain rooms of your home, it’s the best way to ensure your house is as accessible as it can be. For more information, you can visit the Spring Chicken site here.

  • Install A Stair Lift, If Needed

If you live in a property that has an upstairs, installing a stairlift may be a necessity in order for wheelchair users to access the top floor. If you’re unsure about the best options, the best thing to do is speak to a professional in the assisted living industry. Not only will they be able to advise you of the best options, but they’ll be able to give you a rough idea of the cost too.

  • If Possible, Widen Your Door Frames

Finally, you might want to consider widening your door frames so that wheelchair users are able to get through with ease. Although this may seem like a small change to make, it can make all the difference when it comes to comfort and safety, especially if you’re living in a small property.

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Are you looking for ways to make your home more wheelchair accessible? What can you do to ensure you’re doing your best? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

 

 

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