If youíre having to make changes to your home to suit someone with a disability, there are a number of factors you need to consider. First, itís important to look at their condition and asses which adjustments and products most suit their individual needs. Your local Social Service should be able to offer some advice, and you may even be entitled to a government grant to cover the costs, so make sure you take all the help on offer, as this can seriously decrease the amount of work youíll have to put in yourself.
This short guide will highlight some of the more important issues you may need to address.
Get A Stair Lift
One of the most useful and courteous adjustments you can make to your home is the installation of a stair lift. Lifts for houses can be purchased in many specialist shops and from many online outlets, so finding a suitable option should be relatively hassle free.
Most manufacturers will be in a position to offer an installation service inclusive of the purchase price, and you should take full advantage of this, as performing the task yourself is definitely not advised.
Effectively placed handrails can be the difference between a disabled person being independent or needing assistance at every turn. Try installing a rail or two outside both your front and back entranceís to help with those tricky steps.
Also, installing rails in the bathroom can make going to the toilet, or having a wash, a considerably less stressful experience for disabled people. They donít cost much, and can usually be obtained from any bathroom store or specialist disability shop.
Widen Your Door Frames
Take the time out to measure the width of each and every door frame in your home. If you find any of them are less than 75 cm across, it is unlikely that a wheelchair user will be able to gain access, so either get ready for some DIY, or call a professional. Again, you might well be entitled to financial help for all of these adjustments, so be sure to contact your GP and find out whatís on offer to you.
Adapt The Kitchen
If youíre making changes in your home to suit somebody whoís confined to a wheelchair, it might be beneficial for you to have a good look at your kitchen. Often, disabled people have trouble navigating this room because of its high countertops and cupboards.
Flooring can also be an issue in the kitchen. For wheelchair users itís advisable to lay laminate or vinyl to allow for easy movement. For someone with the ability to stand, but less than desirable mobility, it might well be worth laying some carpet to provide a soft landing, should they fall down. The same goes for people with conditions like dementia, or anyone not too steady on their feet.
Donít worry if you donít think of everything before your disabled visitor arrives. They are the ones best able to fill you in on their personal requirements, so be sure to ask for their advice every step of the way and your home will soon be as welcoming and comfortable as possible.
Popular How To Guides
How To Better Your Health by Vaporizing
All around the world, cannabis smokers are realizing that vaporizing is a much healthier alternative to smoking marijuana traditionally.¬† This...
How To Hire A Good Personal Trainer and Three Key Benefits
Are you wondering why you need to hire a personal trainer? Do you want to lose that extra weight and...
How to Buy A Home With A Reverse Mortgage
As a homeowner, you might be looking for options on how to generate cash from your own property. According to...
How To Quit Smoking
The part season is done, and this means you have no reason to drink your week allowance in one night...
How To Get Started With Investing
One way that your money can be invested is through building a portfolio of shares.† This can help to accelerate...
How To Tips For Breaking Up With Your Significant Other
Making the decision to end a relationship is not easy. Even if you are completely sure of your decision, the...
How To Improve Your Sleep Patterns
If you are having a difficulty getting to sleep and constantly waking tired and fatigued from yesterdayís strain, it is...
The Benefits of Indoor Fountains
In the past decade, indoor fountains have taken off. There are so many types to choose from and they come...
Business3 years ago
5 Things You Must Consider Before Starting A Construction Company
Cars & Vehicles3 years ago
How To Deal With A Driving Offence (Quick Tips)
Non Featured1 year ago
How To Get Into A New Sport: 10 Inspiring Tips
Games / Video Games1 year ago
How To Connect a Mouse and Keyboard to Your PlayStation 4
Fun1 year ago
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Cleaning5 years ago
How to Make a Shower Tray Look Like New
Business4 years ago
How to Make Your Own Mini Conveyor Belt
Home Maintenance & Repair4 years ago
How To Build Your Own Fitted Wardrobes