Making Your Dream Canadian Home Handicap Friendly
Have you recently signed that contract with your sales representative and been awarded the most beautiful Canadian dream home that you have ever seen? That may seem like a dream come true in itself, but what if you have a loved one that will also be moving into the home that has one or more disabilities that would limit them inside of your new dream home? Thankfully there are plenty of methods of making your new home more handicap friendly for your loved one.
Build A Ramp
Ramps are one of the most common additions that people can make for their loved ones. These ramps can be short, long, twisted, or straight depending on the needs of your loved one and the restrictions of your home. The best ramps have a slight incline instead of a steep incline and can be easily maneuvered by wheelchairs and crutches alike.
Add A Chair Lift To The Stairs
Most people cannot afford to add elevators to their homes but are not willing to give up the multi-level homes that they love. This is why a chair lift is so useful. These chair lifts are often placed on stairs within the home so that the individual in your home that has a handicap can easily access all levels of the home just like everyone else.
Add Or Take Away House Features
There are some elements of a home that will need to be added in order to make your home more safe for the handicapped loved one in your life. There are also elements of a home that may need to be removed in order to make your home more easily accessible. You may, for example, wish to add the lift mentioned above. Conversely, you may wish to remove the island in the middle of your kitchen or take down a wall that celebrates the kitchen from the dining room.
Replace The Old Tub With A Roll In Tub And Shower Unit
Replacing the tub and shower units that have come with your home can be one of the most rewarding things that you can do for the handicapped loved one in your life. While it can be expensive, replacing these units with roll in shower and tub units can provide your loved one with the freedom and independence that they may not get from other tasks that they must complete. Every bit of freedom and independence that they can get will be a step towards feeling better about themselves and conquering the issues they have with their handicap.
Add Rails To Hallways, Stairs, and Cabinets
Rails are very useful for those that are at risk for falling, those that normally depend on crutches, or those in wheelchairs that need a little bit of extra assistance. These rails just provide the extra support that is necessary in order for person to stabilize themselves.
Replace Flooring Material
If you or your loved one is in a wheelchair, then it may be easiest to keep the flooring consistent throughout your house. This may mean using short carpets or hardwood flooring. If you or your loved one is a fall risk, then it may be easier for them to grip onto carpet rather than slippery wooden floors. If you or your loved ones are on the floor often, then it will be easiest for every if the surface is easily cleaned.