Disabled Access at Home Has Never Been Easier
For a lot of homeowners, adapting their home for disabled access can be a challenge. Accessibility and mobility is vital to people with disabilities or reduced mobility to ensure they have a good level of independence and dignity.
According to Habinteg Housing Association, an organisation that campaigns for more accessible homes, there are 1.8 million people in need of disabled access within their homes. It’s also been found that 45% of the 14 million disabled people in the UK are 65 or over, and seven million homes in the UK are owned or rented by people of pensionable age.
Fortunately, in this modern day, disabled access has been accounted for considerably and there is now extensive technology that gives us more mobility and independence than ever in a modern home, revolutionising the way we live.
There are many ways you can adapt your home for disabled access making everyday life more manageable:
Lifts and Rails
A domestic lift can make a huge difference in someone’s home, giving them disabled access to different levels or an upper floor, making it much easier to move around. There are so many different options to cater to different sized housing and budgets to suit when choosing a domestic lift. Fixing grab rails to walls and doors can also help give stability and aid mobility for getting around more comfortably.
Having disabled access in as much of the home as possible all contributes to the ease of everyday living. In bathrooms, things like having walk-in showers, bath lifts, shower seats or benches can all make life easier and give more basic dignity to millions of disabled or mobility-challenged people. Handles to help lift you up and down, or create stability around the home are easy to install. Its possible to adapt small kitchens so that there is space for wheelchairs to move and turn, so that sinks and cupboards are at a low level access and with electric sockets around waist or chest height.
Wider Door Frames
To ensure disabled access is the most efficient it can be, you need room to be able to move around freely and allow you access to anything you need. Doorways and corridors may need to be widened or even moved, and floor surfaces kept flat and free from bumps; wooden flooring can be more effective than carpeting. Installing a ramp would also help, giving clear access in and out of the home.
Smart technology such as voice control and smart appliances can now allow you to do all sorts remotely such as turning lights and appliances on and off to make them more accessible. There is also technology available to allow you to control doors, windows, taps – in fact there are now technological solutions for most things that may not be easy to reach with a disability or a lack of mobility.
ENQUIRE ABOUT A HOME LIFT TODAY
If you’re getting ready to invest in your home and install a domestic lift for disabled access, be sure to get in contact with the home lift experts over at Cibes Lift UK. We’re a platform lift company that strives to improve home environments by providing safe and reliable access solutions for our customers across the UK. Contact us today to get your project off the ground and find out more about how we can help you.