Making Your Home Accessible for Long-Term Use
If you’re hoping to age in your home, you want it to be as safe and functional as possible. Naturally, you want to enjoy the same access to every room that you always have. With the right amenities in place, you can.
INCREASE CURB-TO-HOUSE ACCESSIBILITY:
For senior citizens, young children, or those in wheelchairs, front entrances can prove troublesome. Consider providing a zero-step entrance to the home, which allows for safer entry for all. Placing a threshold ramp at the entry way is a quick and simple solution that eliminates a potential trip hazard.
Install motion sensor lighting near the front and rear doors for those who come home after dark and could benefit from an illuminated path. Widen doorways from the standard 32” width to 36” width to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary. Wheelchair ramps made of aluminum are maintenance-free and provide an easy route from home to vehicle. Opt for a semi-permanent ramp as those can be moved or relocated should mobility needs change.
REACH EVERY LEVEL OF YOUR HOME WITH A CHAIRLIFT:
If you have a multi-level home yet prefer not to climb stairs, stair lifts help you access the top floor without expending extra effort.
Whether your staircase is straight or curved, lifts are available to meet your needs and your home’s design, while giving your legs and back a break.
NEVER SACRIFICE AESTHETIC APPEAL:
While homeowners want to be able to live comfortably, many are concerned about resale value. Keeping that in mind when you’re working with a remodeler can result in a home that’s fully accessible to but still stylish.
For example, instead of installing grab bars in your bathroom, construct sturdy half-walls instead. A barrier-free shower can still be designed using cultured marble or ceramic tiles, making it attractive and appealing to all. A contractor who specializes in making homes more accessible will be able to offer eye-catching suggestions.
KEEP PETS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE
Pets are wonderful companions. But for owners with limited mobility, taking a dog for walk may not be an option.
Installing a doggie door allows your pup to access the yard when nature calls. An invisible fence also keeps man’s best friend safe yet gives him a chance to get some fresh air and exercise while remaining on the property.