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How to Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

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There are roughly 1.2 million wheelchair users with two-thirds of these being regular users, but many of these wheelchair users struggle to get around their own home. The home is somewhere that you should always easily be able to navigate and feel relaxed and safe in. But, this is hard for a wheelchair user when it can be challenging to get around. Read on to can you make your home wheelchair accessible. 

Installation of ramps

The installation of ramps outside and inside the home can make life much easier for a wheelchair user. Stairs and changes in surface height are problematic for wheelchair users. But, this can be avoided by installing ramps which will make it much easier and safer for people to navigate their homes.

Automatic doors

Doors can also be a challenge for wheelchair users but is a feature sometimes overlooked. Reaching to open a door can be challenging as well as unsafe. Whereas an automatic door will make it both easy and safe for a wheelchair user. In terms of security, doors can be installed with a lock controlled by a remote control or possibly even a smartphone.

Wider doorways

A woman sitting in a wheel chair reaching out to a kitchen counter

SOURCE: PEXELS

Making wider doorways can also make a big difference, especially in smaller homes. It can be frustrating when it is difficult to get from room-to-room but made much easier simply by widening the doorways.

Walk-in shower

A close-up of a hand shower

SOURCE: PEXELS

The bathroom is an area that can be difficult to navigate for a wheelchair user. A walk-in shower complete with a fitted chair will make the bathing experience much easier. Plus, it’ll make it safe and more enjoyable for a wheelchair user.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

It is important to think beyond the home and ways in which you can make life easier for a wheelchair user. Transport can be a major issue with public transport not being the best option as well as being unreliable and expensive. A wheelchair accessible vehicle from somewhere like Allied Mobility can be a life-changing investment. 

These are a few of the best ways that you can make space for your friends or family in a wheelchair.

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