Making Your Property Disabled Friendly

Making Your Property Disabled Friendly

Making your home disabled friendly can be a challenging task.

Many properties these days are built with consideration of disabled access.  However this is not the case 100% of the time especially when it comes to older houses.

Having your own home and maintaining it is one of the most valued investments a lot of people ever make. But for those with disabilities creating a comfortable home can be more difficult.  Its especially hard when considering that majority of home improvement solutions are not designed to accommodate their needs. It is truly essential for these individuals to have access to the best resources to make their homes enjoyable and livable. If you are one of these people here are some useful tips for you to make your home more disabled friendly:

Obtaining the Necessary Resources

While initially you may want to consider the details of any home improvement project to suit your specific needs.  It is also important to look into other important matters, such as cost, legal rights and assistance programs that are available for you. You should know that the law states that a housing provider or re-modeler cannot refuse reasonable modifications to your home to establish equal use of your houses.  As for the financial aspect there is a host of information available.  Depending on your location local authorities are committed to helping people with disabilities.

You can find help towards funding from a government grant.  For more information you can visit there website here – www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants 

Planning the Project and Hiring Remodelers

One great option for your project is the so-called “universal design”.  This option is regarded as a valuable concept for remodeling homes of persons with disabilities that focuses on the design of environments and products that are usable by all people. An important thing to keep in mind is the option to hire an expert home remodeler.  A remodeler will be able to customize your home to your requirements and help you with your specific needs. Whether you decide to choose a certified professional or not make sure you explore your options thoroughly to ensure you will get the results you want.

Home Environment

Consider how you would navigate in and out of your home.  Look ideas that make your rooms as accommodating and comfortable as possible. When it comes to the alternatives for stairs, you will have the lift or ramp. Generally ramps are less expensive than lifts but are more dependable and less prone to repairs as they do not have electronic and other moving parts. However a ramp could be completely unpractical for the type of stairs you’re looking to modify.

Bathroom and Kitchen

Among the rooms in your house the bathroom one of the most important. While you should improve it for privacy, you should also consider making improvements for safety.  Safety obviously is a vital aspect especially in terms of entering and exiting the bath or shower as well as using the toilet. Typically the room should be open enough to give you comfortable maneuvering.

Many of the principles applied to a bathroom can also be applied when remodeling your kitchens. Remember to opt for stoves and sinks that are wheelchair-friendly, accessible cabinets and lever-handled valves. As for the appliances you can choose those that are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Flooring

Flooring is also a very important aspect of remodeling that it should be considered in every room in your house. When choosing a floor opt for a material that is smooth, easy-to-clean, non-porous, firm and, of course, not prone to bunching or buckling. As you can see these qualities will provide a surface that wheelchairs can easily roll on, without the possibility of trips, slips and falls. Regardless of your option, it is best to consult an expert to discuss what is best for you.

Electrical System and Smart Home Technology

Make sure that all electrical controls are accessible to you as much as possible. Consider all light switches, electrical outlets, thermostat controls and everything that is plugged into an outlet. Light angles, locations and reflections should work well for you which means that you might need to redirect lighting or alter fixtures. Your ceiling fans should have longer chains or remote controls.

Aside from using basic technologies such as point-and-click remotes, you can also use more complex ones such as motion sensors and voice-activated lighting in certain rooms. While these technologies are not yet that affordable for many people, they are becoming more reasonable and accessible day by day.

Final Thoughts

No matter what your disability is basic remodeling tips for accessibility and safety today are valuable. However it is important to take into account your particular situation to be able to know what features will stimulate all your physical and mental capabilities. Being mindful of how things around your home would feel and function.  As soon as you have finished your project you should notice a big difference in both your life and that of your loved ones.

All things considered making a property disabled friendly can be a challenging task.  Especially if the property was never designed to accommodate this in the first place.  But with careful consideration and planning you will be able to create a comfortable home you can all enjoy.

For more information how you can fund such a project please visit the governments website at www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants.

We hope you enjoyed our post about making a property disabled friendly.  If you have any ideas that can also help people in similar situations please leave a comment below.