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…
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.
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?
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