If your loved one has a disability, you would probably like to ensure that their home life is as easy as possible. When you’re in pain or have problems getting around, simply making it through the day can be exhausting. But you can make their lives easier by making some improvements to your home. This will allow them to navigate the house much easier, improving their quality of life.
Here’s how you can do it:
Consider the stairs
Stairs can be one of the hardest (and frightening) tasks for someone who is disabled. If you’re hoping to make it easier for your loved one to get from Point A to Point B in your house, your best bet is to install a lift. These don’t need to be expensive, in fact you can even pick them up second hand. A stair lift can also increase the value of your property, particularly if you’re selling it to someone else with a disability in the future.
A stair lift will make it easier for everyone in the home- family members won’t need to make sure they’re home to help with moving the person up and down the stairs, and the disabled family member will get their independence back as they can move between floors even when home alone.
Look into your bathroom
The bathroom can be the most dangerous place in the house even for people who are completely able-bodied. If you’re hoping to make it easy for your loved one to get clean, it may be a good idea to install an easy access shower. This will allow them to retain their dignity and get ready for the day by themselves in a safe, easy way.
Convert your kitchen
One of the things that many disabled people miss is being able to cook and clean up after themselves. Unfortunately, most kitchen counters and sinks are much too high and are unable to fit a wheelchair underneath. If you can lower your countertops and use easy-access, roll-out storage, you’ll give your loved one even more independence at home and will allow them to make food, clean the dishes, and enjoy basic day-to-day tasks.
Check the entrance
Have you considered how hard it is to enter your home? Probably not until your loved one began to have trouble getting in and out right? If your family member is now in a wheelchair or unable to get up and down stairs, you may need to get a wheelchair ramp installed in your house. This can be costly, but it can also be a major buying point for many people, including parents with strollers.
If your loved one has a disability, one of the kindest things you can do for them is to ensure they can get around while they’re at home. Use the above tips to make life easier for the whole family.
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