If you or your loved one currently uses a wheelchair to get around, it’s important to have your home wheelchair-accessible to ensure that it’s easy to navigate. Without the right features installed, it can be challenging to have a space that is functional and easy to move through in a wheelchair. Here are a few ways to make your property more wheelchair-friendly.
Install Ramps Inside Your Home
Ramps are one of the most important features to have in your home when stairs are present. Shallow ramps are convenient to use and accommodate those who have mobility issues. Building a ramp will often require obtaining a permit from the city, which makes it necessary to check local building codes before you start the construction project.
You may also need to rethink the flooring that is installed on each floor, which can cause the wheelchair to become stuck or more challenging to operate, depending on the material that is used. Some of the ideal materials to use include vinyl, ceramic tile, or hardwood flooring. Consider ripping out any carpet in rooms that are frequented by the individual and adding a few rugs instead.
Repave Your Walkways and Driveway
Wheelchairs can be difficult to use on surfaces that are bumpy or rough. Redoing your paving will offer your wheelchair experience plenty of comfort for things as simple as getting into or out of your car, checking your mail or enjoying the outdoors. Having smooth pavement will be a noticeable upgrade to your wheelchair experience and can make it easier to spend time outdoors in the front and backyard. Repaving the exterior of your property will also improve your home’s curb appeal and boost its value, which makes it worth the investment.
One of the most effective ways of creating a wheelchair-accessible home is to widen the doorways throughout the interior. Many walkers or wheelchairs are too wide to enter certain doorways of the house, which can limit the individual. You can also install offset hinges to ensure that the door opens wider to create a more expansive entrance without having to perform construction.
With minor improvements to your residential property, you can make your home wheelchair-accessible and ensure that each area of the house is easy to reach. The space will accommodate large wheelchairs and prove to be functional long-term.
If you or a loved one is in need of additional help, but want to stay in the comfort of a familiar home, there’s hope for you! Welcome Homecare has many extensive options to take care of you or your loved ones and make sure they receive the absolute best care they can.