A Blueprint for a Wheelchair-Accessible Home – A Guest Post!

Last year I had a friend who moved her elderly father-in-law into her home with her, her husband and her two small children. I thought it was so amazing – she literally stopped her life, re-arranged it and then started everything back up again so she could care for this special member of her family. Beautiful.

Although he is elderly, he gets around quite well, and she didn’t really have to make much of the house otherwise accessible for him, but I got to thinking: if he had been wheelchair-bound, she would have had to do SO much more to her actual home in order to make him comfortable!

So when Tate Handy with Home Access Products contacted me and wondered if I might be interested in publishing an info-graphic demonstrating how to make your home wheelchair accessible, I thought it was a great idea! We all work so hard to make sure our homes are welcoming to those who enter – this takes it one step further! Let’s see what Tate has to say…

digital visualization of a wheelchair

When you’re planning the details of your home, you’ve probably already considered things like color schemes, throw pillows, and window treatments – but have you considered whether or not your home is wheelchair accessible?

If you want to be able to age at home, it’s smart to plan ahead and make your home wheelchair accessible in case you or a loved one are ever in a wheelchair. Here’s a guide to approaching each room of your home and making it wheelchair accessible.

Bedroom: Install a phone or alert system near the bed, as well as an overhang lift or manual trapeze to help with getting in and out of bed.

Bathroom: Install a phone or alert system near the toilet and shower. Install a bathtub lift and a commode lift, plus grab bars next to both.

Basement/attic: Install a stair lift to move safely between levels of your home.

Kitchen: Check that countertops and cabinets are reachable from a wheelchair. The height of your table should have at least 27” of knee clearance between the floor and the table underside, and you should also have a clear floor area of 30”x 48” at each seating location.

Porch/yard: Install a durable outdoor stair lift or a portable ramp to make your home’s entry accessible.

Garage: A two-car garage gives you enough space to move between your vehicle and your home’s entry.

Your home should also have pathways and doorways that are wide enough for various types of mobility vehicles; in general, allow 36” of clearance in hallways and 32” in doorways, plus 36” in all directions for complete turns. Check to see if you can reach and use all lighting controls, and keep your home well-lit to avoid any accidents. Finally, have security systems and phones throughout the house in case of an emergency.

Blueprint-of-Wheelchair-Accessible-Home-2

Thanks so much, Tate! I love how he spelled it out for us, and then SHOWED it to us! Awesome!

Now, whether you may be moving an elderly parent into your home, bringing home a young person who is wheelchair bound temporarily due to an injury, or just having wheelchair-bound guests in over the upcoming holidays, you know exactly what to do around your home in preparation!

What did you think of the awesome info graphic? Was it helpful in explaining the steps?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

41 thoughts on “A Blueprint for a Wheelchair-Accessible Home – A Guest Post!

  1. I think the infographic is VERY helpful. My mom is disabled and walks with a cane, but she really could use a wheelchair. I will send this along to my dad to see if he can convince her.

  2. Great information. My friend recently made her home wheelchair accessible for her husband with declining health. They were fortunate to be able to go through the process rather easily with no problems. Your Info graphic is great!

  3. Very helpful and informative infographic. My dad needed a wheelchair the last few months of his life. Wish we had thought of making the family home wheelchair accessible for that possibility.

  4. Wow this is an amazong blueprint to make your home more accesible for wheelchairs. I think a lot of people should do this.

  5. This infographic was put together very very well! I would have no problem knowing what to do. I live in an apartment and it would be a bit harder but most would be doable.

  6. This is such timely information. My dad recently started using a wheelchair instead of a walker, and I have been wondering about accessibility. We are having a ramp built tomorrow, which is our first step!

  7. Great post. The infographic was very helpful. It seems a bit intimidating converting your home to be wheelchair-accesible but from your post it seems very doable.

  8. This is so important to get out there – I took care of my dad for two years, and it was sometimes difficult to find information. There are so many things we can do to make our homes more accessible for the elderly. It’s a pleasure to give back to them when we can!

  9. We had not thought about what needs to be done to make a home accessible by a wheelchair until we were house hunting. We found one that was made accessible and had planned to put in an offer because it was beautiful but another couple wanted it that needed that feature. We let them have it so they would not have to go through all the trouble after what they had already been through.

  10. What a great infographic – we have a few alterations on this place due to my mobility though it isn’t fully wheelchair accessible – it is definitely one heck of a job getting things right.

  11. These are really great tips which we could have used when my dad needed a wheelchair for a while earlier this year. There’s so much you don’t think about until you’re faced with the situation!

  12. This is a great guide. We have a member of the family who has to use a wheelchair now full-time, and the changeovers to make the house user-friendly are plentiful and major! This list is great for helping think of things one might have missed!

  13. I deal with this a lot as a therapist that does home visits & making recommendations. Ultimately, it’s up to the family to make the home accessible. I plan to make my next home accessible so that I can age in place.

  14. Lots of great tips for making a home more wheelchair accessible…I have not really thought of this until just now, but it is pretty important to be prepared for anything as we, and our parents, age.

  15. That is a great infographic! It would cost quite a bit, but I could even make our home wheelchair accessible if need be. Which is good, because I would’ve thought we’d have to move before.

  16. Useful post.Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party Kristen. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.Would love to see you again next Monday.

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