Posted on July 29, 2019
Whether you live in Columbia, Fulton, or Ellicott City, your Howard County home is valuable to you. But if you have developed reduced mobility that now requires you to use a wheelchair, then it can feel like the dream of aging in place is slipping away. Fortunately, there are many changes that you can make to your home so that it is more comfortable and accessible to you in a wheelchair. Here are three ways that you can make your home wheelchair-accessible.
First, you should consider adding a ramp to your home’s entrance. This simple addition can take all the worry out of entering and exiting your home, whether that is in the front yard or even on the back deck or patio. And, if you don’t currently have the space to install a ramp, you can add a vertical platform or wheelchair lift instead. Another simple but significant change is to have the doorways widened. If you’ve never been in a wheelchair before, you likely haven’t considered this, but it can be difficult to get a wheelchair through standard-size doors. You can also lower the handles in your doors to make them easier for you to reach.
The average Howard County home has more than one floor, which means it is nearly impossible to climb the stairs with limited mobility, especially if you need a wheelchair most of the time. A residential elevator might be a big investment and a significant change to your house, but it is more than worth it. With easy-to-use options like a Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator that doesn’t require a pulley system, it can be much easier for you to choose. A home elevator is a must if your only alternative is to lose access to nearly half of your beloved home.
In most homes, people use the kitchen and the bathroom the most, which is why it is important for these places to be comfortable and easy to navigate. If you are in a wheelchair, then redesigning your kitchen and bathroom into accessible spaces is something you should consider. You can have the counters lowered in the kitchen and relocate the stove and oven to easier-to-reach places. In the bathroom, you should consider investing in a walk-in bathtub or lower shower, as well as railings by the toilet to make it easier to get in and out of your wheelchair. A few changes around your home are a great way to make your home feel like yours.
Signature Elevators & Accessible Design, LLC works with leading manufacturers to provide you with the beautiful residential elevator that you need. Located in Rockville, MD, we have years of experience with incorporating elevators into multi-story homes and working with customers to ensure the elevator meets their specific needs. With styles from modern tubes to wood-paneled cabs, Signature Elevators has all the tools you need to build the perfect elevator for your home! Contact us at (301) 251-1658 for more information. The manufacturers we represent are: