It's great if you remodel your home to be more accessible. It means you are planning for the future and reducing unnecessary future expenses. But if you can't get into your house with a wheelchair than it doesn't matter how well you designed the inside. So consider adding a sloped sidewalk instead of front steps when designing your entrance.
It is also a good idea to have a bedroom on the bottom floor, or at least some room that could be converted to a bedroom when needed. That way if anything were to happen to a member of your family he or she would still have a room on the main floor that they could access.
Also consider adding some low storage. I think this plate drawer is a good idea. Plates are heavy and lift them over your head when you get older maybe become more difficult. This is a great solution.
Also, think about this...your in a wheelchair and are trying to do laundry or cook dinner...are you controls on your stove, washer & dryer in the front are the back. Reaching over a hot stove to turn the burner off with limited mobility or in a wheelchair can be dangerous or nearly impossible.
These front loading washers have front controls for easy access. Also the washer and dryer can be elevated if need to help with better access to the doors so you don't have to bend over to reach them.
These are a few of the ideas that I have for improving your home for the future. If you have more ideas for me and the readers I would love to hear them.
Mon, July 16, 2012
by Cindy Aplanalp filed under