Transitioning into a wheelchair can be difficult for both you and your loved ones. While there are several obvious adjustments you’ll need to make around your house, there are several less obvious things that are often overlooked. By getting your house as wheelchair accessible as possible, you can lessen the stress and anxiety around switching to a wheelchair full time. Let’s look at some home modifications that are obvious for most, as well as some that are frequently overlooked.
Some of the most obvious modifications you will need to make to your home involve the entryway to your home, and the doorways between areas of your house. If your home’s entry includes steps, you’ll need to install a wheelchair ramp for easy access. Likewise, you’ll want to ensure your front (or side, whichever you use) door is wide enough for your wheelchair to easily go through it. In the doorways throughout the rest of your home you’ll also need to make any modifications necessary if they aren’t wide enough. One overlooked modification involving entryways is the flooring changes, and transition strips which may stick up off the floor. Switching from tile or wood to thick carpet can be a challenge in a wheelchair, so a special wheelchair transition strip can help your wheelchair go between the two surfaces easier.
In the bathroom there are also some very obvious adjustments to make. If your bathroom has a tub or a shower/tub combination, replacing that with a curbless shower can be a huge benefit to you. Grab rails are also usually an obvious addition to the bathroom when making it handicap accessible. Some other modifications that can make a huge difference, but often go unnoticed include changing the vanity and replacing the toilet. By installing a counter or vanity with clearance for a wheelchair, it can be easier to utilize the countertop and sink without assistance. Likewise a raised toilet can be much easier for those in a wheelchair to use than one lower to the ground.
Other Home Modifications
The kitchen is another often overlooked area of the home when it comes to making it more handicap accessible. Like the vanity in the bathroom, kitchen countertops can be adjusted to be a more comfortable height for those in a wheelchair. Likewise cabinetry and shelving can be adjusted to make it more usable. In other areas of the home flooring can pose a challenge, as thick carpet can be difficult to maneuver on, so replacing it with wood or tile can be a great benefit to those in a wheelchair.
Working with a Professional
While the more obvious areas of renovation can be easy to identify, there will likely be parts of the home you don’t think of right away, until they are inconveniencing you. Don’t spend time frustrated and “dealing with” difficult areas of your home. By working with a professional at Freedom Mobility Solutions you can determine what areas of your home need to be altered. Our professional team can work closely with you to identify areas where mobility solutions are available, and help you install them in a timely manner. For Maryland mobility solutions today, give us a call at Freedom Mobility!