Wheelchair accessibility may not be among the most common features home buyers look for but it should be of utmost importance especially for those who have relatives in wheelchairs or who would be caring for their elderly loved ones in the near future. To raise awareness on the importance of making homes wheelchair accessible, KD Smart Chair, a manufacturer of lightweight power wheelchairs, has released a very useful infographic. The infographic outlines the modifications required to make your home accessible to those in wheelchairs. This would certainly be something you should consider if you are moving in to a new house, taking care of elderly people, or frequently entertaining guests who are wheelchair-bound. These guidelines would make everyday activities much easier and more convenient to do for people in wheelchairs.
View the full infographic at http://kdsmartchair.com/blogs/news/26622275-making-your-home-wheelchair-accessible-infographic
The infographic by KD Smart Chair gives people with mobility issues an easy to follow blueprint. There is a visual representation of how each part of the house could be made more wheelchair-friendly. At the entrance of the house, a portable ramp leading to the front door and an all-weather stair lift would make it easier to enter the home. The garage should have ample space and be equipped with an entry door ramp that provides safe and quick access to the car. In the bedroom, a phone or an alert system near the bed is necessary. An overhang lift to facilitate getting in and out of bed is also recommended. For the bathroom, grab bars must be installed next to the toilet as well as in the shower. A bathtub lift would also be quite useful. The kitchen must be spacious enough to allow wheelchairs to maneuver. Countertops and cabinet heights must be adjusted to provide easy access to those in wheelchairs. If there is a basement or a second storey, a stair lift would be essential.
Aside from these, the infographic emphasizes the need for clear pathways, proper lighting, and standard widths to improve accessibility. It also underscores the importance of installing a security system to protect the home.