Integrating Mobility Needs into the Home
When we discuss home improvements, it can be all too easy to think of the aesthetic and fashionable options that can be made. Yet there are always circumstances where you should look at the practical and accessible needs first.
In this case, it’s important to look at situations or homes involving those with mobility issues. Whether elderly or disabled, there are various circumstances where mobility is a problem. As such, the very home they live in needs to be made more suitable. Whilst form and style are always important, these are cases where function and practicality need to come first.
Any home needs to be accessible, and this means making sure moving around is easy. Anyone should be able to move around freely and independently, so you may need to readdress your layout in terms of floor space. Even if a mobility aid isn't used, it can often be difficult for some people to move around more confined spaces that others don't have difficulty with.
If this is the case in your home, then you need to address these needs. Open space, ideally in the middle where all furniture, storage and units can be accessed, is crucial. Too much clutter, or something akin to an overtly large table getting in the way, will only provide obstacles. Floor space needs to take priority over furniture at times, which may involve rearranging your layouts or cutting down on what's in each room.
This philosophy can also be taken in the bedroom. This is someone's personal room and space; as such it needs to be perfectly open and accessible. This means meeting all the requirements in terms of space and accessibility. If they can't reach or use something themselves, it really shouldn't be in their personal bedroom.
Also, bear in mind that if a wheelchair is used, there needs to be space next to the likes of beds for this. This is where the wheelchair user will get in and out of the bed. Whilst it is common to use a bedside table or desk, this might take up the valuable space for the wheelchair. This obviously depends on the individual choices of the person involved, but it is something to consider.
The chances are you live in a house with more than a ground floor. If so, this means you use stairs to connect the two floors. Obviously, this may pose a problem for those with mobility issues. Fortunately, this isn't suggesting that you remove the stairs. The innovation of a stair lift will do perfectly.
Such a lift is perfect, as any stair lift manufacturer will tell you how discrete they can be. When not in use, the collapsible chair sits on the rail to the side. The staircase can be used as a normal staircase, and the lift itself is barely noticeable. In this regard, you can at least ensure a minimal impact to any home décor choices you've already made.