If you or your loved one require the use of a wheelchair or other assistive devices, there are several safety concerns to consider in order to prevent unnecessary injury or accidents.
The following are some tips for improving safety and accessibility around the house for those with mobility devices.
Safety and Accessibility in Bathrooms:
- Wider bathroom doorways may be needed to accommodate the size of you or your loved ones device.
- People with limited mobility or balance may find it hard to transfer from their wheelchair to bathtub. To help, consider installing:
- Grab bars
- Transfer seats
- Nonslip tub mats
- Bench that extends outside the bathtub
- Swivel-style shower seat
- Roll-in shower
- Sensor operated faucets are helpful for those who have trouble grasping with their hands
Safet and Accessibility on Stairs/Ramps:
- Make sure stairway/ramp handles are installed properly
-Handrails should be able to support 250 pounds
- Handrails should extend beyond the top and bottom so people have support when they get on and off the last step
- Ensure stairways have proper lighting
- Consider installing a chair-lift if you or your loved one have limited mobility
Remember that if you or your loved one require a wheelchair or assistive devices, it is important to create a living space that fits your/their needs. We suggest that you organize a walk-through of you or your loved ones house and make a list of areas that should be redesigned in order to ensure safety and accessibility requirements are met.