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Factors To Look Into For A Handicapped Friendly Home

If you are planning to modify your home it would indicate physical changes that need to be made for some who is handicapped and needs to move around the home for doing daily and different activities. There can be different kinds of modifications that can be made, as per requirement and availability of space as well as funds. Some modifications can be costly while others might be easier to achieve.

Living with a handicapped person
When it comes to living with a handicapped person or such a person living by themselves, there are certain changes, minor or major that need to be made to a home. The changes also need to be made as per the kind of injury or kind of disability that a person suffers from. In most instances, the handicapped person is wheelchair bound and needs to move from one room to another, access their bathroom as well as eating from tables or be able to reach the counter in the kitchen. For these reasons, shower rail can be installed in a bathing area for support, a stool or a fixed chair, put up for bathing, floors made anti slippery, counters lowered and so forth. If possible many even make modifications to their doorways or install stair risers in order to go up and down floors of a home.

Accessibility factors
Usually access to different areas of a home is the principle concern. For instance, showers for the elderly are created in ways that are easier to reach while in a sitting position. Those who have a problem walking need to have floors made anti slippery. This can be done by having throw rugs on the floor or modifying the toilet floor to make the surface anti slippery. Costlier changes are usually installation of an elevator system for going up and down stairs or reconstructing doorways to make them wide enough for wheelchairs to go through them.

Safety factors
Besides accessibility and convenient factors, safety should also be looked into when one is living with a handicapped person. As such, people are not in control of their limbs partially or fully, they are dependent on aids, wheelchairs or the assistance of caregivers. If they wish to roam around their home by themselves, there should not be common obstacles or barriers in their way. Hence, reducing steps or doorway barriers is one way to ensure that such individuals are able to move around freely without chances of fall or accidents that might aggravate their condition further.