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How to Make Your Home Disability Friendly

When you design your home, one of the most important things on your mind is definitely the convenience of living. A breathtaking design is, of course, a major plus, but without “livability”, it will do no good. A home that makes us want to “go home” is a comfortable house, designed according to our needs and habits. An idea of installing adjustable table legs will probably not cross you mind.

However, there are unfortunate circumstances that might hurt us or our loved ones. A design for those who are disabled is a serious topic that will not be covered here. Thus, we will be not talking about designing a house for a disabled person living in it. What we will discuss is several features that will make a house in which you, a completely healthy person, live more accessible for the disabled. These additions will make your home much more enjoyable for those family members and friends with disabilities

Easy Additions to Make Life Easier

The most important in making the house more disability friendly is empty space. Large entrances (do you really need those doors?!) and wide passages will make the person in the wheelchair much happier. Another idea is adjustable table legs. These allow you to lower the table to a height that is perfect for the wheelchair occupant, allowing him or her to eat and drink comfortably. There are also other add-ons for the disabled: special toilet-seat cover that is connected rigidly to the base, shower handles that allow easier access to the shower cabin and might assist during the shower, telephones with BIG numbers, adjustable leg rests and much more.

There is no reason not to employ at least some of the above accessories at your home as they do not cost much. You will have absolutely no problem locating these items in a local store, dedicated to the disabled needs; moreover, many of the products can be easily ordered from numerous online retailers. The goods will be delivered right to your front door, all you will need to do is install them or at least store them securely and take them out when a disabled person visits you.

Our community is recognizing the needs of disabled people more and more over the years. Most public areas in the US are already adjusted to meet the unique needs of the disabled. Maybe the time has come for us to do the same in our private properties.

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