Preparing a Home to Accommodate Those with Limited Mobility Print Homes can become difficult and dangerous for those developing mobility issues. Ensure that a home is safe and secure for your loved ones. Update Bedrooms to Account for Limited Mobility Expand Select a Bedroom on the Main Floor of the House If the room must be reached by stairs, consider installing an elevator or a chairlift in your home If designing the bedroom to accommodate a wheelchair, make sure it is ADA-compliant Select a bed that is a comfortable height Install Bed Rails Install wall-to-wall carpeting to decrease the likelihood of falls Update the bedroom lighting Make communication easy and simple Install a bedroom phone or a house-wide intercom system Install a wireless doorbell in an easily accessible location Remove heavy objects such as large dressers or other furniture that could potential fall or become an obstacle Remove closet doors Install additional insulation to provide a more comfortable climate and eliminate ambient noise Related Articles How to Design a Safe Bedroom for Those with Limited Mobility Update Bathrooms to Account for Limited Mobility Expand If redesigning the bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair, make sure it is ADA-compliant Install bathroom assistive devices such as grab rails or bars near the toilet and shower Install a lever-handled or hands-free faucet Install an anti-scald device Place non-skid, non-slip mats inside and outside of the shower/tub, near the toilet, and near the sink Install a raised toilet seat Consider ways in which you can make bathing easier: Purchase a transfer bench Install a showerhead with a detachable, handheld option Install a step-in or “curb-less” shower Install a walk-in bathtub Ensure the space is adequately lit, even at night Related Articles How to Design a Safe Bathroom for Those with Limited Mobility Update Kitchens to Account for Limited Mobility Expand Relocate Kitchen to the main floor of the home (if not already situated there) If redesigning the kitchen to accommodate a wheelchair, make sure it is ADA-compliant Adjustments to the sink Install a shallow sink Install a lever-handled or hands-free faucet in an easily reachable location Consider installing a motorized sink that can be easily raised and lowered Install an anti-scald device Install anti-slip mats near the sink Adjust Appliances Consider the logical and most easily accessible placement for each appliance Select appliances that are easy to use and display information clearly Install anti-slip mats near each appliance Install drawer-style appliances Adjust the height of countertops and cabinets Add pull out shelving to cabinets Install levers or “D” shaped pulls on cabinets Related Articles How to Design a Functional Kitchen for Those with Limited Mobility General in-home safety precautions Expand Add handrails on both sides of the stairs Ensure the home is well-lit Remove slipping hazards such as area rugs and Ensure there are level surfaces throughout house Install an in-home monitoring system Build a wheelchair ramp Install a security system Add deadbolt locks Get more caregiving tips & resources each week! Subscribe Loading... We'll never share your email. Unsubscribe anytime! Subscribe Loading... Success! We'll send you carefully curated caregiving resources each week. Unsubscribe anytime!