For people with low mobility, even getting around the house can be difficult. If you’re elderly, have a physical disability, or have recently been injured, getting from your bedroom to the kitchen to the bathroom can be an aggravating ordeal. Fortunately, modern architectural advances have allowed us to build homes that are more easily accessible for people with low mobility. Here are some ways that you can make your home easier to maneuver for people struggling with low mobility.
Modify Your Stairways
One of the biggest barriers for people with low mobility are stairs. For people with joint problems, climbing the stairs can be a serious challenge, and for people who use mobile assistance devices like walkers, canes and wheelchairs, stairs can be downright impossible. The best solution to this problem is to have handrails, stairclimbers or ramps installed in your home. Adding these small modifications can help make it easier for everyone to get from place to place without completely changing the layout of your home.
One of the most dangerous areas in the home for people with low mobility is the bathroom. Not only are these often small spaces difficult to move in, they also contain many tripping hazards. Luckily, there are many simple ways to make your bathroom safer and more comfortable for everyone. A walk-in bathtub is a great way to make bathing safer and more convenient by eliminating the risk of slip-and-falls. Adding a bathroom rail is a good way to make sure everyone in your house stays steady while they freshen up. One of the best ways to make your bathroom more accessible is to expand it—more space reduces the chances of tripping and knocking into a hard surface or fixture.
Making a more accessible home doesn’t have to cause a major disruption. A few small renovations can make it much easier for you to get around your home. The experienced and professional designers and contractors at Mannetta Industries can help you to create and execute the perfect renovations for your home. For more information about our renovation and design services, click here.