To review, 3 articles were written this month on creating a barrier free home for wheelchairs:>
- Article 1: Barriers in the home, and what areas of the home MUST be accessible (examples of useful adaptive equipment was listed as well).
- Article 2: How a CAPS certified professional can help you with your home assessment. A few ADA Guidelines were listed along with information on what a Universal Design Product is, and how they can be implemented in an accessible home.
- Article 3: Budgeting for your home’s remodeling needs, and resources available for home modification needs.
This week’s Article 4 will be about “The Solution”.
This article will be short and sweet. In hindsight, if you are in a wheelchair, there is no way to be mobile in your home if it is not accessible and ADA complaint. A wheelchair will not go up and down stairs without a lift, will not fit through a 24” doorway, will not fit under a kitchen or bathroom sink if cabinets are present, and cannot move into a shower with a step, etc. etc. etc. Home Modifications are a “must-do”. The Solution will provide you with INDEPENDENCE, SAFETY and FUNCTIONALITY in your home.
AARP conducted an Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices In the next 20 years.
They concluded that “Approximately 90 percent of seniors intend to continue living in their current home for the next five to ten years”.
Census Bureau Reported “About 3.6 million people (1.5 percent) used a wheelchair and 11.6 million (4.8 percent) used a cane, crutches, or walker to assist with mobility. Among those aged 65 and older, roughly 2.0 million people used a wheelchair and 7.0 million used a cane, crutches, or walker”.
I understand modifying your home can be stressful and unnerving. I have done small remodels in 2 homes, and trust me, I know, it is a burden and inconvenient. On a positive note, think of the great benefits you will receive once you can move around your own home and accomplish your daily tasks. Think of the freedom and liberation a modified, accessible home will give you. It is life-changing and will be the greatest gift/benefit you can give yourself. Don’t forget article #3. There are many resources out there to help those who need it. I have lists of resources. Please feel free to contact me for additional information.
Next month my focus will be more on the older adults living at home, safely, functionally and comfortable whether in a wheelchair or not.
For Now My friends, Stay Tuned and Stay Living Safe…