4 Ways to Adapt Your Home for Comfort & Accessibility

 4 Ways to Adapt Your Home for Comfort & Accessibility

Perhaps you yourself have recently experienced a change in your circumstances which has resulted in you requiring, either occasionally or even permanently, the use of a wheelchair. Maybe it is your partner or even your child who now has new accessibility needs and concerns previously non-existent.

Either way, continue reading to discover four key ways to adapt your home for comfort and accessibility.

  • Brighter Lighting

When it comes to visible access, whether or not you are currently living with an issue with your eyesight, is one of the main changes you should consider when transforming your home into a more accessible one. 

External lighting around your front door can help identify visitors from the inside of your home, make it easier to operate and locate the locks and light up the garden path. Inside your home, additional LED lighting around light switches, important and often-used appliances in the kitchen and, around toilets and sinks are also a good idea. Additionally, extra lighting should be installed in the hallway and on the stairs and landing. All of this will help you while you adapt to the new mobility requirements.

  • Accessible Kitchen Worktops

The main issue for people with reduced mobility in the kitchen is that the appliances, taps on the sink and other equipment and kitchen implements can be hard to reach and subsequently use.

The best way to combat this, and make for an altogether more enjoyable cooking and baking experience, is to have more easily accessible kitchen worktops, but if this simply is not currently feasible due to constraints imposed by life, there is another option. Investing in a small fold-down table which is hinged securely to an open wall can be the best way to store the equipment you use most often. 

  • A Simpler Bathroom Design

As you will spend at least a small amount of time in the bathroom each and every day, extra consideration should be given to the layout and core design of the space. 

Established and prestigious suppliers of mobility bathrooms, like beautifulbathroom.net, will be happy to offer advice and guidance on such changes to your bathroom setup. You should pay particular attention to the toilet and bathroom sink to ensure ease of use, as well as adapting the shower for accessibility.

Other adaptations to your bathroom to increase your levels of comfort and accessibility include lower medicine cabinets, products stored in a floor basket rather than a higher cupboard and a selection of grab rails in and around the shower. 

  • A Stair Lift

Finally, if you feel as if it is becoming more and more difficult to walk up and down the stairs, one of the most popular additions to a home with accessibility and mobility in mind is a stair lift.

These days, stair lifts are much more compact and will not only make it considerably easier to travel between the floors of your home physically, but also will make you feel emotionally stronger and feel more confident as it can eliminate anxiety and stress whilst on the stairs. 

Gill Daniel

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