If someone in your family, or a close friend that visits your home often, has special needs of some sort, then installing handicap accessibility options may be worth considering. This will make your house safer and more maneuverable for those you love, allowing them to enjoy your home as well. Some of the handicap access modifications you may decide to implement include:
Residential Handicap Bathroom
Bathroom Remodeling – This room is of particular interest in regards to handicap access because it tends to be smaller in size. Plus, the toilet and shower facilities must be user friendly. Considering the following:
- Regular bathtubs are a hazard for the elderly and those with special needs. Installing transfer seats and bathtub bars can make your bathtub safer, as can a walk-in shower.
- Specialized toilet seats and toilet grab bars will provide balance and support to individuals that require it.
- Removing vanity cabinets from below the sink or installing pedestal-style sinks will allow wheel chair access.
- Consider replacing the faucets with single lever controls.
- New flooring may be needed to provide a less slippery and hazardous surface.
Kitchen Design – Lowering kitchen countertops, removing or remodeling under-the-counter cabinets, redesigning the sink, and installing single lever faucets can help you achieve an accessible kitchen for those that need it.
Handicap Doors & Halls
Doors and Hallways – Your doors and hallways should be at least 36 inch wide so widening them may be necessary in order to achieve the desired handicap access.