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How to adapt your home for better accessibility

Every disabled person who uses a wheelchair knows very well the number of difficulties they have to face on a daily basis, even in their own home. A step at the entrance to the bathroom, a bed that is too high or an excessively narrow door are some good examples. Here we want to give you a series of tips that will make your home much more accessible. 

The Doors 

Both the entrance door to your house and to the different rooms that comprise it must have a minimum width equal to or greater than 80 cm so that you can pass a wheelchair through without problems. Ramps are also much more comfortable for people with mobility problems. Avoid installing door knobs with pointed edges. 

Windows and Light Switches 

In order for a person in a wheelchair to comfortably access light switches and plugs, they must be placed between 80 and 90 centimetres from the floor. You should always choose sliding windows or the ones that open to the outside. 

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Turning Spaces, the Floor And the Corridors 

It is recommended that the corridors be at least 90 centimetres wide and, furthermore, they must lead to an obstacle-free space that is 120 centimetres wide or more. In this way, the subject in a wheelchair can easily turn around. On the other hand, the floor must also meet a series of requirements such as, for example, being non-slip and completely flat. 

The Pieces of Furniture 

Furniture with wheels should not be in a house that's adapted for people with mobility problems. In fact, it is advisable for these to be fixed to the ground and not have sharp edges. This will make the furniture safer for the disabled occupants. 

The Bathroom 

If possible, it is advisable that you install a shower tray located at ground level and it should have a movable slide type screen. In addition, the sink must be placed at low height and have a tap with lever so that the disabled user can use it without problems. The toilet must also have grab bars. The door must not have a latch in case of emergency. 

The Bedroom 

An adjustable bed should preferably be placed in the bedroom. But if this is not possible, it is important to choose one that is 45 centimetres above the ground and on a hard mattress since it will be much more comfortable when needing to get in and out of bed. 

The Kitchen 

Finally, let's talk about the kitchen. This room must have a U or L shape to facilitate movement. The sink must be low enough and the tap must be single-lever. 

If you follow these simple tips when adapting your home, you can be sure that it will be perfectly enabled for people with mobility problems and those who are in a wheelchair.

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