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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Preparing a home for handicap accessibility is a very complex
task. The remodeling must eliminate the effects of disability within
the home. Certain areas require more attention, especially the
dangerous areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Certain
disabilities will require an area to become wheelchair accessible,
and be equipped with safety measures which include hand rails and
height adjustments on countertops.
The kitchen is a critical area for disability remodeling. The most
obvious adjustment must be made to the walk ways, door jams and
other moving areas. The width of such areas must be able to
accommodate for wheelchairs and walkers to pass by comfortably.
Kitchen counters and faucets should also be remodeled. The height of
countertops can be adjusted, the edges can be made rounded, and
faucets can be equipped with extended handles for easy use. Also,
the depth of a sink should be taken into consideration for those
that are using a wheelchair.
The bathroom is another room that should be carefully modified to
ensure handicap accessibility. It is absolutely necessary to install
hand held shower heads, floor traction for the tub, and grab bars.
Also, faucets and sinks should be reconfigured to accommodate to
someone in a sitting position. Some conditions may require you to
replace your toilet as well. In addition, both the kitchen and
bathroom can be equipped with sliding cabinets for easy access.
Other adjustments include making at least one door accessible for a
wheelchair, building a wheelchair ramp, and expanding the driveway
and porch. For interior concerns, it is recommended to installing
lower light switches and higher electrical outlets. For people who
have limited vision, it is suggested to use bright exuberant colors
to help one distinguish between doorways, walls, countertops, and
furniture. Painting different rooms with contrasting colors will
also help with depth perception.
New technologies have made it possible for people restrained to a
wheelchair to make it to the second floor of their home with an
electronic chair rise. Other new technologies include machines that
lift and guide wheelchairs to higher surfaces, such as porches and
elevated door ways. It is often a difficult task having these
helpful enhancements installed, but they will definitely eliminate
the effects of disability within the home.
As you can see, there are many remodeling techniques and precautions
that need to be taken seriously when modifying a home for
disability. Some adjustments are minor and others will require the
help of a professional.