Do you know anyone with a disability? Do you have disabled family members, friends, or children? If so, then you should be making sure that your disabled loved ones and friends are living in an environment that is disabled-friendly. In this blog post we will discuss the considerations to take into account when building disabled-friendly homes.
They can move freely in the house
First, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not your disabled loved ones have a disability that will affect their movement around the house. For example, if they are in a wheelchair then they need an easily accessible bathroom and kitchen with appliances spaced out enough for them to reach from their wheelchair.
In addition, it would be beneficial to place things like the stove, sink and refrigerator in close proximity to each other so that disabled people don’t have to move around too much while cooking or doing dishes. In short, it should be one of those wheelchair accessible homes.
There should be enough space for them between bed and the wall
Another consideration would be whether or not your disabled loved ones are bed-bound. If they are, then you should make sure there is enough space for them between their bed and the wall. People who are bed-bound need enough space to move their wheelchair around the room – otherwise they could hit furniture or walls and hurt themselves.
Toilets should be accessible
Disabled-friendly homes should have toilets that disabled people can easily access without having to clamber over the top of a bathtub in order to get into it. Most disabled people use raised toilets with disabled-friendly showers, so it would be beneficial to have a shower close enough to the toilet that disabled people don’t have to walk too far.
There should be two-way switch
The two-way switch is perfect for disabled people who use wheelchairs. A normal switch is flipped up to turn on the light, but disabled-friendly switches can be switched both up and down so that disabled people don’t have to reach over or under a table in order to flip it on or off.
Shelves should be of adjustable heights or pull-out style
Adjustable shelves are a great disabled-friendly feature for disabled people who use wheelchairs. Standard shelves are too high for disabled people to reach into, but adjustable height or pull-out style shelves would make it easier and more convenient for them to grab the things they need without having to clamber up onto chairs, stools or boxes in order to access their belongings.
Parking area should be larger
Large parking area comes in handy especially if disabled people have their own customised mobility vehicle or are dropped off by taxi. Disabled people should always be given the closest parking spot available to them so that they don’t have to walk too far, especially when it’s rainy, snowy, icy or windy outside.
Include disabled-friendly features to ensure that your disabled loved ones have the best possible quality of life. Make sure you put their needs first and foremost, as they will appreciate anything you do for them! In addition, remember that disabled people are just like everyone else – so don’t treat them differently or expect too much from them! Building disabled-friendly homes don’t have to cost a lot of money, so consider checking out disabled-accessible housing before you start building.