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Home Modifications: Questions You Must Ask Before Getting Started

Home Modifications: Questions You Must Ask Before Getting Started

Home modifications make it possible for seniors and individuals with disabilities to access every corner of their home and live comfortably. But specific modifications that you make will depend on the person’s particular needs. Before you get started with home modifications, it’s a good idea to evaluate all needs and wants so that you can be specific with home safety. Today, we’re sharing some questions that you must ask before getting started to figure out what modifications fit best for your home.

Are entries and stories easily accessible?

Stairs are a nightmare for people with mobility issues. To make it easier for them, consider including ramps or lifts. Ramps are generally cost-effective, while lifts are more reliable. With ramps, you need little to no repairs; however, lift demands periodic maintenance. To ensure a ramp is not steep, you would need plenty of space for its construction. Lifts, on the other hand, are a good option when you have a space crunch.

Does the flooring make navigation easier?

When it comes to home modifications, many people forget about flooring. The flooring should be firm, durable, and non-porous. It’s important to consider the surface is safe for walkers, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices. Generally, slip-resistant flooring is easy to clean and is less likely to cause mishappenings like slips, falls, and trips.

Is the bathroom safe?

Believe it or not, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms for seniors and people with a disability. It means it should be the first room you should focus on for modifications. For a wheelchair user, a lower sink with some room available is easy to access without anyone’s assistance. Getting on and off the toilet is daunting for people with arthritis and seniors with mobility problems. Consider installing grab bars and keep the seat higher to make it easily accessible. Showers and tubs pose the maximum risk of slips and falls. If you’re ready to invest, think of roll-in or walk-in showers and tubs. Alternatively, you can install shower chairs, grab bars, showerheads, and other specialized accessories to make shower accessible.

When you ask these questions, you get a better understanding of what modifications you need at home. Connect with Transitional Care Services to make your home comfortable and safe for seniors and people with disabilities.

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