Living with disabilities can be incredibly difficult, especially if your living space does not accommodate personal needs and safety. For those taking care of loved ones with disabilities, accessibility options can help them regain a sense of independence. There are quite a few ways to outfit your home for more accessible living:
Provide Extra Stability
Providing balance assistance can help people avoid falling. Placing handrails and grab bars at key locations, especially in the bathtub or shower, can help users maintain stability in areas that may otherwise be difficult to balance on.
Changing your home’s flooring is another way to provide extra stability, especially for those who use walking aids. Bare tile and wood floors can become slippery, and thick carpet creates uneven terrain that may be difficult to navigate with a walker or wheelchair. To remedy this, consider using wall-to-wall carpeting that is smooth and has an even texture. Placing grip mats under loose rugs can help prevent slipping as well, and bath mats are a great way to provide extra support right out of the shower.
Provide Bathroom Safety
To provide further safety in the bathroom, toilet safety frames can be purchased and installed to help users get on and off the toilet with ease. Some safety frames may also include raised toilet seats, which can help users sit down and get back up while going to the bathroom. For wheelchair users, sitting down in the shower is a must. Bath lifts, transfer stations, and shower chairs are essential to providing the safest bathing experience.
Commodes are another way to help create extra bathroom accessibility, especially in homes where it may be difficult to access a bathroom, especially at night.
Lifts do Wonders
To help get out of bed, patient lifts are another fantastic way to provide mobility and independence to those who need them. For getting into and out of bed, users can choose between both manual and power lifts for mobility. Full electric hospital beds are another way to provide this assistance as well since the beds can be raised, lowered, and adjusted to suit the user’s needs.
Similar to hospital beds, lift chairs are another home accessory that helps users sit and stand comfortably.
Outside of accessorizing, there are more ways someone can outfit their home for accessibility, especially for walker and wheelchair users. Widening doorways and adding ramps to first-floor homes provides wheelchair and walker users independent access to their homes, as does installing elevators for multi-floor homes.
To browse products that will make your home more accessible, visit the Medical Supply Depot.