If you or your partner use a wheelchair, or perhaps you have a relative that often comes to visit and finds it difficult to access all areas of your home then it may be time to think about making your home more accessible for wheelchair users.
While it may sound expensive, and the thought of renovating your home to accommodate a wheelchair user seems daunting and expensive, there are several, easy solutions that are ideal to help get you started.
Doorways can be very challenging and not at all wheelchair friendly and no one wants to be confined to one room. Why not consider having your doors and doorways widened to accommodate a wheelchair? A company like doorstore.co.uk can point you in the right direction or offer advice.
Another area of the home to consider is the kitchen; again there are many ways to make your kitchen more wheelchair friendly. You could lower the kitchen worktops, install appliances that are easier to reach, implement roll out storage units, you could also install a sink that has the space for the person to roll his/her wheelchair underneath it. Finally an adjustment of all power sockets to more a convenient location provides a huge improvement.
The Bathroom, much like the rest of the home will require a wider door fitted. Lowering the curb of the shower or making the bathroom a wet room will also really help wheelchair users. Keeping the position of the toilet in mind should also be a priority, has it got enough space around it for wheelchair access? Like with the kitchen is there space for the wheelchair to fit under the sink?
Stairs can be one of the most challenging aspects of navigating the home in a wheelchair; luckily there are several options to make all floors accessible to everybody. Install a vertical platform or stairway lift at staircases around the house which can help grant the wheelchair bound individual a strong sense of independence.
Entrances and Exits
The entrance to the home can be tricky to work with, as the space available may be limited. The most convenient option would be to build a ramp for each entrance to the house. It’s important to consider the size of the ramp and size of the pathways that are needed; you should also consider adding non-slip surfaces and handrails. If a ramp is not an available option then you could alternatively install a vertical platform lift.
A Parking Space
Finally, everyone knows how frustrating it is to lose the parking space right outside your house. It’s even more frustrating if you require extra space around you to unload a wheelchair or a ramp. Why not install a sign that can be placed outside your home, to gently remind people that a larger space is required for your vehicle?
You can also purchase stickers that are visible to other road users, letting them know that someone in a wheelchair is inside the vehicle.