When you begin making your home more accessible, whether it be after an injury, or just as you begin to age, there are certain things that are obvious modifications. Adding railings in the bathroom, replacing the tub with a shower, widening doorways if a wheelchair is in the near future. All of these things are obvious, but what about making modifications to your outdoor space? Handrails are an important addition to your outdoor space, let’s look at why.
Having railings around your deck is important, not only can they help keep you safe, they can come in handy if you have limited mobility. If parts of your deck don’t have handrails, adding them can help prevent falls and provide an extra layer of security for you as your enjoy your deck. This is especially true if you have a multi-level deck, as decks with one step between levels may not have useful railings.
If your deck or porch has stairs, it’s very likely that your building permit required you to have a railing. For some, that railing height isn’t ideal. By adding another railing at the perfect height you can make your walk up and down the stairs more comfortable. If you have a deck with just one or two steps down that doesn’t have a railing, make sure to add handrails to make it safer, and easier to step up onto the deck.
Paths and Walkways
Another often overlooked area outside the home that can benefit from a handrail is walkways or paths. If you have a path to your back door you use frequently a handrail could help you more easily walk to and from your home. Similarly, if you have a gazebo or patio out in the yard, a handrail could prevent you from needing to utilize a walker outside. By having a handrail along your outdoor walkways and paths you can feel confident enjoying your outdoor space no matter the weather or time of day. Adding handrails to you deck and yard can help keep you safe while also making your life easier. For help with your Maryland outdoor handrail installation call us at Freedom Mobility today! We are an experienced mobility solutions company located in Maryland with a focus on making life easier for those with limited mobility. We’d love to help you enjoy your outdoor space without the worry and hassle you may be experiencing now.