As of 2017, the United States Census reported that about 56.7 million people in the United States are disabled. What’s fantastic about newer homes is that some of them are designed purposefully with Universal Design elements to make them accessible to anyone. However, some older homes may not have the same accommodations. Disabled individuals should always have consideration. Home environments that ensure that disabled persons can have safe, mobile and happy lives are beneficial. How exactly can you make your home more accommodating? Keep reading for some tips that can help!
A Few Critical Questions to Ask About Your Home’s Accessibility
1) Are your walkways and entryways Well-Lit and Fall Proof?
2) Is there at least one way that people can enter your home without steps?
3)Does your main level have a bathroom?
4) Can your smoke detectors be heard on each floor of your home?
5) Do the rugs in your home cause people to slip?
6) Are cabinets and shelves easily accessible?
7) Do your stairs have handrails on both sides along with easy-to-reach light switches?
As you move from each story of your home, these are the things that you should examine.
The Outside of Your Home
Make sure that there is a flat pathway in which to enter your home without cracks so that wheelchairs users won’t get stuck. Your exterior walkways should also be slightly textured because this combats a slippery surface especially when there is water present. Also, make sure that your home is visible from the street, especially when it’s dark or in inclement weather. Proper lighting in conjunction with highly reflective numbers ensures people can see your address and the exterior of your home.
Invest in a Vertical Wheelchair Lift
Here at Preferred Elevator, we install vertical wheelchair lifts. This device makes life easy for those who have trouble walking up and down the steps or are wheelchair bound. There is nothing more comforting than the ability to get around independently. A vertical wheelchair lift is user-friendly and one of the best investments you can make for your home.
Invest In A Residential Elevator
A residential elevator is ideal when your house has a lot of steps or stories. Disabled persons will be able to move from floor to floor with ease. It helps a person’s confidence when they can finally access all the places that were hard to get to before. If you utilize these tips, then you’ll aid in creating an enjoyable experience for anyone who has limited mobility.
Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!
For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.
For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!