If you have someone in your home or life that has a physical handicap, and they live or visit your home often, there are numerous adjustments that you can make to your home to make it more accessible and easy for them to get around in your home.
Change the Toilet
The bathroom is the one area of your home that everyone needs to use, so it make sense to make adjustments to that area of your home first. The most important part of your bathroom is the toilet.
You can add grab bars next to the toilet. This will make it easier for someone who is handicap to pull themselves up and down on the toilet. If your loved one is in a wheelchair, you may need to make further adjustments to the toilet area. You may need to purchase an elevated toilet that is easier for them to get on from their wheelchair. Depending on your loved one's physical handicap, a sliding board may also be necessary. Check in with your loved one to see what their needs are in the toilet department so you can make the necessary adjustments.
Add Extenders to the Sink
Next, make sure that your sink is easy to use. If you have handles that are really recessed or difficult to turn on and off, consider adding extenders to the handles in your sink. This will make the sink handles easier to use. If your loved one is in a wheelchair, adding extenders to the sink handles will make your sink easier to access from the wheelchair.
Next, make sure that you have non-slip mats in all the right places in your home. If your loved one's physical disability makes them a little uneasy on their feet, you want to make sure that you minimize the risk of slipping in all the appropriate areas of your home.
A non-slip mat is essential for the bathroom near the shower or bath tub area. A non-slip mat can also be a good addition to your utility room as well as in front of your kitchen sink.
Finally, make sure that your home is easy to navigate. Secure all cords to the walls or floor and make sure that they are not a tripping hazard. Get rid of clutter that takes up space on the floor. Make sure that you move your furniture so that your loved one can easily navigate the space with any assistance devices they use, be that a cane, walker, or wheelchair. Make your home easy to navigate and free of hazards.
There are numerous ways you can adjust your living space to make it more comfortable for someone with a disability to get around and use the space in your home. Start in the bathroom, as that is a space everyone needs to use. Add non-slip mats that prevent slip and fall situations. Open up your space by getting rid of junk and obstacles that one could run into. Contact a medical supply store for more help.