“According to the last national census, about 56.7 million people in the United States are living with a disability. It’s important to ensure that the home environment for those with disabilities provides the support they need to lead safe and happy lives. Though certain newer homes are built with accommodations for persons with disabilities, older homes may not have been planned the same way.
“Whether you’re in an older home that needs significant changes or are looking for ways to make your newer home even more accessible to disabled needs, this guide is for you. It will cover modifications for every area and room to make your home safer and more accessible. After all, a home is only really a home if it brings comfort and enjoyment to all who live there.
This wooden railing over a ramp adds character to the home while making it more accessible.
Questions to Consider
“You may have recently acquired your new ability status, moved into a new home that needs updates, or simply noticed opportunity to make your home more easily accessible. Whatever the case, there are important questions to ask to figure out how to best suit your needs:
- Are exterior walkways and entrances well-lit and free of tripping hazards?
- Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?
- Are exterior door thresholds easy to see?
- If it’s a multi-story home, does the ground floor have a bedroom, full bathroom, and kitchen?
- Are staircases well-lit, guarded by handrails on both sides, and equipped with light switches at both the top and bottom?
- Are cabinets and shelves throughout the home within easy reach from your height or ability?
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