The common household is designed for a person of average height, reach and ability. While no one is “average”, the elderly, disabled and infirm are at an uncommon disadvantage when it becomes hard to navigate throughout the home. Objects and appliances seem to grow out of reach due to an altered vantage point. By adding on strategic disability adaptations, the home once more becomes an easy place to live, without limiting accessibility to others. A considerable amount of freedom and confidence is returned to these individuals and their families. By using the kitchen and bathroom independently or with minimal assistance everyday life becomes accessible.
Basic adaptations such as hand rails and ramps can easily be added throughout the home or work place. Changing out standard taps for levered taps can work as a simple fix when conventional options are too hard to turn.
Customised remodeling can include projects like widening entryways and rooms for easy navigation. It may focus on specific rooms that provide the biggest benefits. In a bathroom, an easy access shower can quickly be installed or an entire wet room can be individually designed. These can be quite affordable solutions to a problem of restricted movement.
Accessibility and safety remain the central aims of a remodel. Work spaces and counter tops are built at a level that is optimally functional for the disabled person. In some cases, they are mobile and can be rolled away or slid into the paneling. Underneath these surfaces, the space is kept open so a wheelchair can easily navigate in and around. Shelving access can improve with pull-down and pull-out drawers.
Manufacturers are building modern pieces for the home with ultimate accessibility in mind, meaning there are many aesthetic and functional choices available at competitive costs.