We all love our home comforts. They take the stress off and help us relax. When you’re living with a disability, home comforts take on an entirely different meaning. Disabled life can be even more stressful, so the need to be able to relax in your home is crucial. As well as the usual relaxing household additions, there are ways you can make your home life easier. Taking the time to make some small improvements will make a massive difference to the way you navigate your home.
WIDER HALLWAYS AND DOORS
For a wheelchair user, a house can be harder to navigate. Ensuring that your hallways and door frames are wide enough to fit your chair will make life a lot easier. There are a variety of different walking frames for the disabled that may also call for wider entrances. You want to feel completely comfortable alone in your home. Knowing that you can move around easily is crucial in achieving that goal. Being able to manoeuvre without constraint will help you achieve that goal.
Automatic doors may seem like an extreme option, but they can be real life changers. These doors will offer you ease of access and make getting around the house hassle free. Especially with walking frames, trying to open doors can be a real nightmare. Not to mention that if you lose balance and fall, you could injure yourself. Automatic doors would eradicate that problem completely and make your home a much safer place.
Handrails can really help you move around your home.They are especially useful in the bathroom. Installing handrails around the bath and toilet will make independent living a lot easier. You don’t want to worry about hoisting yourself up and down. You might hurt yourself in the process. It can be useful to consider hand rails on the stairs too, to make getting upstairs that bit less stressful.
It might be worth getting some ramps installed. Again, these will make accessibility so much easier. There’s no need to crazy. Work out where gives you the most trouble and get ramps there first, to see how you get along.
ACCESSIBLE KITCHEN COUNTERS
Cooking in your kitchen is one of the joys of being a homeowner. Make sure your kitchen is easy for you to navigate, too. Ensure there is plenty of space under your kitchen counters. It’s also worth considering the height of your drawers and counters. Can you access them with ease? You want to be able to navigate your kitchen with as little difficulty as possible. After all, cooking can be stressful at the best of times.
There’s no denying that being comfortable at home can take a little more work when living with a disability. That’s not to say it’s an unachievable goal. It may seem as though there is a lot to consider, but most additions are easy to implement. It’s worth putting in that extra effort to save yourself hard work in the long run.