The Ultimate Guide to accommodation for people with disabilities
When purchasing or renting a house as a caregiver, there are certain factors that are vital for accommodation for people with disabilities.
1. Exterior Checklist
Starting at the street – is the address visible from the street? Is it visible at night or during harsh weather conditions? This is a prerequisite as you will need to have easy access for emergency personnel. It isn’t unusual for mailbox numbers to fall off or become weather damaged – always consider wear and tear is par for the course of being a homeowner. The best thing you can do is put up reflective numbers that are 3-inches tall on the property – where its visible from the street.
The next step is to assess the driveway doesn’t have any cracks or uneven parts – especially important for those using a wheelchair or walker. Another factor to consider is snow, rain – that will cause slippery paths.
One exterior entrance should have a ramp with railings on both sides of it. Ramps should be lightly textured to reduce water pooling and increase traction for walkers, shoes, and wheelchairs. Ice melt is handy if you live in a snowfall area. Motion sensors are useful as they light up the pathway and are energy efficient – they are also great for deterring thieves.
Enough space around the open door is needed so that the caregiver can maneuver with both wheelchair and groceries with ease. Accommodation for people with disabilities not only make life easy for the disabled – but also their caregivers and families.
2. Hallways And Staircases
Make sure there is enough lighting in all the areas of the home. Hallways and staircases often lack good lighting. Long hallways should have light switches at both ends. Rugs are pretty, but they are an accident hazard waiting to happen for those with walkers. If you cannot do without a rug – put carpet tape and skid resistant lining on it. Also, never put a mat at the top or bottom of staircases.
Your kitchen should have easy to work on countertops – that can be accessed even while sitting. A small dining or breakfast table that folds down – can be safely hinged to the wall. Always make sure it’s steady enough to carry a fair amount of weight.
You can create a workspace specifically for your convenience – it must have a low-rise counter that allows your legs to rest comfortably underneath as you work. Just bear in mind that this may require removing the base. If you plan on making these changes, make sure you measure the range of who will be using the counter – so as to see what will work best.