Ease Of Access: Creating An Inclusive Home

Most people hate the idea of having people struggle to get into or difficulty in moving around their home. You want the place you live to be open to everyone you know and love, regardless of their physical restrictions, but a lot of homes aren’t built with the disabled or elderly in mind. Of course, though, this doesn’t mean that you can’t turn your home into the perfect place for people who struggle to move.

It’s likely that you have at least one close relative who struggles to get around. Whether they are elderly or have other issues to deal with, turning them away because your home can’t support them will be very hard to do. In most cases, though, it’s quite easy to adapt your home to meet the needs of people like this. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the areas you can consider changing to make your home into a haven for the differently abled.

  • Ramps

If you spend your life in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, it can be very hard to go up and down inclines and stairs. Unfortunately, most wheels lack the ability to easily go up surfaces like this, often making it impossible for someone using them to get where they need to go. To avoid this issue at home, small ramps can be bought and used when people are visiting. These sorts of tools are often very inexpensive and can be moved to other homes as needed.

  • Rails

Along with some ramps at your entrances, you could also consider the idea of some rails around you home. When people are getting older, they often become unsteady on their feet. A rail on the wall is often enough to stop someone from falling, giving them a chance to regain their footing. This sort of options can be installed in your home for nearly nothing at all, and you should be able to do most of the work yourself.

  • Storage

Along with struggling to get up stairs, options like mobility scooters are often very large. This can make it hard for people to be comfortable when they are visiting, as they will feel as though they are making a mess, and won’t have anywhere to store their transport. To help with this, a simple shed should be enough to keep mobility items out of the way until they are needed in the future. Alongside this, it’s also worth preparing your home before anyone with a wheelchair or similar items visits. This will give you the chance to clear pathways to makes sure are unimpeded.

  • Lifts

To save space, most modern homes have more than one level to them and have stairs which enable you to access each floor. Unlike the smaller sets of steps at the entrances to your home, though, the inside stairs will be very hard to add a ramp to. In some cases, stairlifts can be the best option here. But, these will take over the stairs completely. Instead, it could be worth looking into the option of home elevator lifts which don’t take up as much space. This sort of investment will be a big one to make in your home. But, once it’s been done, you’ll never have to do it again.

  • Hygiene

When you struggle to walk and balance, having a shower or a bath can be a very dangerous game to play. The floors in bathrooms are usually hard, making it easy to hurt yourself if you’re not careful. To avoid this sort of issue, a wet room can be installed to replace your old bathroom. This sort of option enables you to shower to be used throughout the entire room, giving you the chance to wash without risking your safety. This sort of option can be a serious boon to someone struggling to move, but you’ll need professionals to come and do the work for you.

Creating a home which is good for anyone can be a very hard challenge to undertake. A lot of people don’t realize just how much they can do to make their home better for their loved ones, and don’t do anything at all. But, in reality, it doesn’t take much to make some huge improvements. Hopefully, with this in mind, you should be inspired to start working on this goal for your own home. With some DIY, learning, and a little bit of investment, your home could be made into a much more inclusive space. But, you still have loads of work to do, so it’s worth starting as soon as you can.

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