If you are aware of your disability it is important to learn about making your the home wheelchair-friendly for your friends and family members who have disabilities.
How Much Does it Cost to Make a House Wheelchair Accessible?
This is contingent on the overall condition of your home. It is possible that you have addressed the most important points and you may be required to complete a full overhaul. If you want to check the condition of your home ensure that these conditions are met.
- Access to the front door for wheelchair users is feasible.
- All door frames are large enough.
- Flooring isn’t obstructive.
- The washroom is spacious and very comfortable.
- The kitchen is cozy.
These are the major jobs that allow your home to be accessible for those who are wheelchair bound. Based on the condition of your home, renovations to your property can be classified into moderate cost, high cost, and low cost projects.
How to Make a Doorway Wheelchair Accessible?
- Create a ramp at your front step. If you have stairs it is essential to have ramps and railings on both sides.
- Widen door frames. It’s essential to make sure that your wheelchair is able to pass through all doors in your home. Standard wheelchairs measure 635mm (25 in)wide and for a comfortable and comfortable access door, it must be 900 millimeters (35 inches) wide. If the door is narrow, it is necessary to do a minor renovation and then reinstall. Sometimes, taking out the frame of the door is enough. In the event that it isn’t, then you’ll have to hire a renovation expert.
- Remove doorsteps. To allow the wheelchair to be able to enter all rooms without obstruction, must remove all doors and basically any floor that is uneven.
- Put a lower peephole. If you are prone of looking through the peephole whenever someone rings your doorbell, it’s best to set it in the eye of someone who is using the position of a wheelchair.For more independence, security and security it’s an excellent idea to put in a Wi-Fi video doorbells.
What Type of Flooring Do You Need?
For you to be able to get around your home with a wheelchair without difficulties, you’ll need appropriate flooring that doesn’t be worn away too fast. Here are some reliable examples.
- Flooring made of hardwood. Not only beautiful and stylish, but one of the most durable substances that will last for many years to remain for many years to.
- Laminate floors. Laminate is also a stunning material to behold and is extremely robust. The scratches are easily removed by using the appropriate cleaning product.
- Ceramic Tiles. The ideal flooring for bathrooms and kitchens, due to their resistance to water. However, if, however, you are unable to resist a color or pattern that you like, you may place them in living spaces and bedrooms. Be sure to make sure they’re 5 centimetres square (0,78 square inches) in size, since larger ones are more prone to being damaged.
- Vinyl flooring. Another good water resistant and durable choice. It is also easy to install similar to laminate.
How to Make Bathroom Wheelchair Accessible?
As not all bathrooms are the standard layout is made for accessible to wheelchairs, it could be advisable to speak with an professional. The most essential elements of a handicap accessible bathroom include:
- Space to turn. Bathrooms require space of at minimum 1500mm (59 in) therefore a wheelchair should be able of turning 360 degrees.
- Space between the toilet. There should be enough space of at minimum 1200 millimeters (47 within) in the front of the toilet bowl.
- Toilet rails. There need to be at minimum three rails for keeping.
- A low-slung washbasin. The usual size for the basin to be placed at around 800 millimeters (31 inches) over the ground. However, this can be adjusted depending on the person’s height when in the wheelchair.
- Bath rails. Similar to bathing, the tub will have to be rails that are strong to hold the bath.
- Rails in Showers.
How to Make Kitchen Wheelchair Accessible?
Similar to the bathroom, kitchens should be designed in accordance with certain standards that you can count on an expert in renovation to understand. This is how kitchens is supposed to be designed.
- Circulation area of 1500mm (59 in) to make it easy to turn. Like the bathrooms, the kitchen has to be spacious to allow for easy navigation.
- Work surfaces that are low. Counters of all kinds including the kitchen sink are designed to be comfortable to operate from sitting. The height of the counters from the floor must be around 600 millimeters (23 in) however, this can be adjusted to suit the person who is using it.
- Base storage units. Because it is difficult to reach the cupboards and storage units, they must be built above the surface. In order to do this, they have to be small and wide enough to accommodate the majority of household items and kitchen cutlery.
- Low appliance placement. To be able to operate the oven or hob, washer and dishwasher, they must all be models that have openings on the sides and working and be easily accessible.
- Switches as well as sockets are within arms’ reach. Install both at the correct position.
Medium and Low-Cost Fix-Ups
- Install grips on the handlebars in the bedrooms as well as other important locations.
- Switch door knobs to lever handles to facilitate ease of use.
- Install a low-profile clothesline.
- Light switches, lower door handle and curtain cords for pulls.
- Install a panic button or any other security system that can be used in emergencies. There are some models that can be worn on a necklace, which will instantly call family members.
- Install an elevator to the staircase if it’s an apartment with stairs.