When it comes to remodeling a home for accessibility, things may happen quickly, as needs present themselves and circumstances change suddenly. You may not have a complete idea of what types of adaptive modifications are necessary, or what is possible with your existing floorplan.
We understand, because we have been there in our own families. ODI is a family business, run by real people with real circumstances, just like yours. And our first experiences with adaptive remodeling were in our own homes with our own loved ones. It can be daunting to adapt to the needs of a sudden disability, aging, illness, or incapacitation, but a comfortable, safe home can make a huge difference – often between staying home, or requiring assisted living services.
Most of us would choose to live and retire in our own home rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living center. When homes can be remodeled and modified to accommodate changing needs, physical abilities and conditions, people retain their dignity, privacy, and independence. A few minor home modifications can make all the difference for daily safety and comfort.
What makes a home handicapped and disability accessible? The ability to enter the home and move around without obstacles like steps or narrow hallways & doors. At least one entrance door without steps or with a ramp is crucial. The bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen must be wheelchair accessible- that means lowered sinks, doorknobs, controls, cabinetry, shower heads & switches. One of the most common designs is a one story open concept home with direct access to the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Doors need to be at least 32” wide with a straight approach. Hallways & entries should have adequate turning space and a 36” wide, threshold free door. Grab bars for toileting, a roll in shower or lift, stair lifts, lowered light switches and raised outlets, specialized lighting, lever style door knobs, lowered shelving, and other accommodations can also be implemented depending on the needs of the individual and floor plan of the home.
Accessibility remodeling can preserve the secure, safe lifestyle that you or your loved one is accustomed to, in the privacy and comfort of home, while saving thousands on assisted living or nursing care. If you need help to stay in the home you love, call ODI. Disability remodeling is our specialty. We will assess your current and future needs and priorities, along with your home’s design and possibilities, for a remodel you can live with for years to come. Need financing? No problem, we can handle that too.
Take a little bit of the stress out of life with a disability, with a remodel for accessibility. Call us for your free assessment today.