If you’re a wheelchair user, accessibility is a big issue. And it’s not just when you’re out in public spaces. Many people struggle with wheelchair accessibility in their own homes.
In recent years, however, more and more builders and remodeling companies are learning to add or integrate features that make it possible for wheelchair users to be both comfortable and safe in their homes.
Wheelchair accessibility focuses on making a home easy for a wheelchair user to enter, exit and navigate without encountering impediments. For most people, that involves making modifications throughout the home — from the front stoop to the kitchen cabinets. Here’s a list of the changes that our clients say have made the biggest difference in their day-to-day living:
- Adding a wheelchair ramp to allow access to the home
- Expanding doors to 32 or 36 inches to accommodate a wheelchair
- Installing grab bars and tub transfer areas in the bathroom for added safety
- Raising toilet seats for ease of use
- Wall-mounting bathroom sinks and adding single-lever temperature-controlled faucets
- Removing base or under-counter cabinets in the kitchen
- Installing lower sliding shelving throughout the house
- Relocating electrical switches and outlets so that they’re within reach
Remember — you don’t have to make every modification on this list for improved wheelchair accessibility. Let your own set of circumstances dictate what you choose to complete and when. And always be sure to hire an experienced professional for any project you undertake.
The team at Power Mobility and Lifts has more than 35 years of combined experience in power chair sales and service. We can help you select the chair, scooter or lift that is best suited to your needs and budget — and we’ll ensure that your questions about wheelchair accessibility are addressed, as well. Our technicians make on-site service calls throughout Arizona. Contact us today for more information.
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