How to Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible
Everyone deserves a comfortable place to call home. If you or a family member use a wheelchair, there are a few modifications you can make that will allow your home to work well for all—without giving up on style. Talk to everyone in your home about their capabilities, preferences and tastes before drafting up a plan. Then, you'll be on your way to designing a space that is maneuverable and safe for everyone.
Houses with universal access design maximize the potential for creating accessible living areas for a wide range of individuals who need a wheelchair—including the elderly, disabled, and anyone with mobility issues. This creates both challenges and opportunities. While a one-level home may be ideal for wheelchair users, many who are wheelchair bound own homes that are multi-level. However, accommodations can be made for individuals in these homes as well.
The six features below are the most important to implement in your home to make it safe and more accessible:
- Wheelchair ramp
- Wider doorways
- Kitchen adjustments
- Bathroom boosts
- Home automation
View our infographic below to find out how to add these features to your home; plus great design tips, strategies and total costs for making your home wheelchair friendly.