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Feb 21

How To Make Your Home Disability Friendly

Matthew

There may come a time in the future where you have to adapt your house to make it more disability friendly. Perhaps your circumstances have changed, perhaps an elderly relative is coming to live you, perhaps one of your children has an accident. There are countless reasons why you might need to do this later down the line – so having an idea of what might need to be done at home is certainly advisable.

Let’s start with the outside of the property. You may need to make some changes to your garden to ensure it’s easily accessible and not hard to navigate your way around. Avoid using cobbles or loose gravel and stones in the driveway as this can make it hard for people to cross, while concrete or paving would be better for wheelchair access, for example. You might also need to install a ramp leading up to the house.

Inside, doorways may need to be widened if you have to accommodate a wheelchair inside. Review the doorknobs that you have on the doors as well – use handles instead of knobs as these are easier to pull down than to turn. Keep thoroughfares in the house free from clutter and easily accessible, and consider installing handrails in the hallway and going up the stairs if required.

The bathroom is one area of the house that might need a bit more attention. Consider installing safety rails, a panic button, mini walk-in baths, walk-in showers and so on – if you need any advice
on this matter, get in touch with us at Practical Bathing. It needn’t be overly difficult to make these changes to your home, especially if you have the help and advice from professionals like the Practical Bathing team. Give us a call now if you want to find out more.

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