Whether you’ve recently moved house, or are having an elderly relative move in with you, there comes a time when your home needs to be a little more accessible and disability friendly.
Thankfully, there is now a huge range of home products that can help. Nobody should feel like a burden in their own home, and with the help of equipment like ramps, stairlifts, and automatic doors, life doesn’t have to feel so much like a chore.
Installing disabled steps to the front of the property will make navigating the entrance of the house that little bit easier. But these types of steps can also help with getting around the property too. If your disability doesn’t leave you wheelchair-bound but does impact your mobility, creating safe support for high doorsteps or doorframes could prevent trips and falls.
Disabled steps come in both permanent installations, as well as portable options that can be folded away and taken to different locations.
Those that have stairs in their house will benefit from having a stairlift installed. If you have mobility issues or are bound to a wheelchair, a stairlift can make your daily routine much less stressful. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to get up and down the stairs whenever you need to without it taking too long or depending on other people.
Of course, those that can afford to could get rid of the stairs entirely by moving into a one-floor home. But moving from your home shouldn’t be the only option. Stairlifts are easy to install and are a much more affordable alternative. They’re safe and secure and will leave relatives feeling a little more confident knowing you can get around without them.
Reaching or pulling open doors could be something that’s an everyday difficulty. But automatic doors for disabled access are a great way to make getting into the house, out into the garden, and around the property easier than ever. Doors will automatically open and slide to the side so as not to cause additional obstructions for people or wheelchairs. They typically fit into glass panels or regular doorframes, so they can be pretty easy to install when needed.
Of course, even without new equipment and installation, there are still several ways to make a property more disability-friendly. To start, removing obstructions from walkways and any surfaces that may need to be accessed can help a great deal.
Some obstructions are less obvious than others, too. For example, rugs or carpets with loose threads could easily become a hazard for wheelchair users. But these materials could just as easily be a hindrance for those unsteady on their feet. Removing anything that could cause slipping or tripping is crucial and could save you or your relatives from suffering a bad injury. Loose tiles could cause a similar issue, so make sure that no parts of the flooring are uneven or wobbly, or chipped.