13 Factors about Home Wheelchair Accessible
Whether you are welcoming a wheelchair user into your home or, you are a wheelchair user, you will want to provide a comfortable and safe environment. There are plenty of things you can do to make your home wheelchair friendly. The infographic provides an easy to understand guide to creating a wheelchair accessible home. The following details from the graphic will give you a blueprint to your journey for making your home safe and comfortable for wheelchair users.
Exterior and Security
Depending on the style of the exterior of your home you will want to have an all-weather outdoor stair lift, portable ramp or vertical platform lift installed for easy entrance and exit to your home. Your garage should have an entry door that is minimum 32” wide, a wheelchair accessible floor area for easy car unloading and loading, and a garage interior entry door ramp for easy, safe and quick car access. Keep your home safe with a home security system that has alert systems and phones placed in easy access areas throughout your home.
Clear Pathways and Lighting
Interior pathways of your home should have accommodating widths for wheelchairs, rollators and mobility scooters. Standard widths of pathways include 36” for hallways, 32” for doorways and a minimum clearance for 180 degree turns, 36” in all directions.
The bathrooms in your home should have grab bars in the shower and tub with 36” clearance, grab bars located next to the toilet, a bath tub lift measuring 13” – 30” bottom, a commode lift and a phone or alert system located near the shower and toilet that is easy to access.
Install a phone or alert system near your bed in case of emergencies. Also installing a manual trapeze or overhang lift to assist with getting in and out of bed is recommended.
Whether you love to cook or not, you will need your kitchen to be wheelchair accessible. The door or entryway to the kitchen needs to be minimum 32” wide. The table needs to measure 27” floor-to-table and 30” x 48” seat spacing.
The basement is a common area used for pantries, washers and dryers. For easy access to the basement install a stair lift.
Follow All infographics to accomplish your goal of making your home wheelchair accessible. Begin with the most important improvements such as entrances, doorways and creating clear paths, then work on the remaining tasks until you have a completely renovated wheelchair accessible home.