It’s not easy to make your home wheelchair-accessible, but it is possible with a few modifications. If you have accessible features in the bathroom and on the front door, then you’ll be able to make your home more comfortable for someone who uses a wheelchair. These are some of the best ways to prepare for a wheelchair-user coming over:
Make the Front Door Wide Enough
If you have a front door that’s not wide enough for a wheelchair, you can add a wheelchair ramp or install a handicapped door opener. These options are fairly straightforward and can be done by yourself.
If your door isn’t wide enough, then it’s time to start thinking about how much work you want to put into making your home wheelchair-accessible. If you have someone in mind who could help with this project (like an older relative), now would be the time for them to offer their services!
Install Handrails and Grab Bars
Handrails and grab bars are important for people with disabilities. They help you get around your home safely, whether it’s to the bathroom or just across the room.
You can install them in your kitchen, bathrooms and hallways–anywhere where you want them to be handy when you need them most! It’s important that they’re installed at a height that is right for each person who will use them so they don’t have to strain their muscles while using them. You also want to consider what kind of grab bar best suits your needs: some people prefer round bars while others like square ones; some prefer metal over plastic because metal is stronger and easier on sensitive skin; others may want something decorative as well as functional (like an attractive wooden finish).
Build an Accessible Bathroom
The bathroom is where most people will spend the majority of their time in a wheelchair. It’s also one of the most important rooms to make accessible, because it’s where you’ll be doing things like getting dressed and using the toilet.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your bathroom is big enough to accommodate your needs as well as those of any visitors who use wheelchairs. One common mistake people make when planning out their bathrooms is assuming they can fit everything they need into a small space without worrying about size or design–but if this isn’t taken into account early on, it can lead to problems down the line!
One good way of checking whether or not something will fit into an area before starting construction would be measuring how much space there currently is between walls/fixtures/etc., then measuring what kind(s) of things will be going into them (bathtub? sink? toilet?). This way we’ll know exactly how much room we have left over after subtracting these measurements from our total square footage requirement.”
Use a Wheelchair Ramp
The simplest way to make your home wheelchair-accessible is by installing a ramp. Ramps can be made from a variety of materials, and they should be built to ADA standards. The most important thing is that they are at least 36 inches wide, so that wheelchairs will be able to use them easily.
You can make your home wheelchair-accessible with these tips.
Here are some tips for making your home wheelchair-accessible:
- Install handrails and grab bars. These are essential for people who need assistance getting in and out of bed, or moving around their house. They’ll help reduce the risk of injury as well, since it’s easier to hold onto something than try to balance yourself while standing on one leg.
- Build an accessible bathroom. If you’re remodeling or building a new house, consider adding wider doors and doorways (many standard door frames are only 32 inches wide), low-threshold showers or tubs with roll-in access points (including ones with fold-down seats), extra space around toilets so they can fit wheelchairs inside them without hitting walls or cabinets above them, grab bars near sinks–basically anything that makes things easier for someone who uses a wheelchair will benefit everyone else too!
- Use a wheelchair ramp instead of stairs when possible: if there’s no way around using stairs at all though then make sure they’re not too steep; ideally they should have at least one landing halfway up where someone could stop briefly before continuing on up again if needed.”
We hope you’ve found this article helpful and are ready to make your home wheelchair-accessible. If you need any help with the process, don’t hesitate to reach out!