Accessible Design: Entrance Ways and Doorways
Whether you have an elderly loved one living at home or a loved one with mobility issues, adapting certain areas of the home can be crucial in order to allow them to move around freely and maintain independence and dignity. Areas like entrance walkways and doorways, for example, can be focal areas to adjust and maintain more prudently to ensure it’s safe when entering or exiting. Here are some options that are recommended to enhance the ease and safety of these areas at home.
Minor Accessibility Improvements
Moving around in poorly lit areas of the home can instantly become a safety hazard. Tripping and falling is the most common way that seniors get injured, so having walkways and entrances well lit is important. You can place sensor lighting to activate by motion on the exterior, and place night lights around areas that need to be illuminated during the night.
Keep Entrance Way Clear
For seniors or persons with disabilities living at home, it is imperative to be more cautious about keeping areas of the home tidy and clear. This goes for the walkways and entranceways outside. Clearing snow away and salting icy paths during winter should always be taken care of. Also, keeping shoes tidy and items off of the floor is another simple step for making it safer.
Adjust Handles and Locks
Often, the simple act of turning the doorknob and reaching the lock can be a challenge for seniors. Consider installing pull handles instead of ones that requiring twisting, along with locks that can easily be reached.
Major Accessibility Improvements
Sometimes, the doorways at home simply aren’t wide enough to easily move around. And in older homes, narrow doorway designs are often very common. If this is the case, then widening the door can be necessary to relieve that problem.
If a mobile chair or wheelchair is a necessity then a ramp can be installed to assist in bypassing stairs to exit and enter more easily.
Redo the Walkway
If there are old patio stones that are weathered, cracked and loose that are leading up towards the door, these could pose as potential tripping hazards – especially once the winter weather rolls around. Having this updated and replaced should also be considered if it’s in rough shape.
Whether it’s minor adjustments or an entire home renovation undertaking, our handyman service at To Do Done can handle it all! Contact us today to get started.