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Monday, November 18, 2019

How to Make a Disabled Family Member Feel Comfortable at Home




Saying I do and for better or worse are vows you take when you get married. After the wedding organizing your new house is an exciting time. Unfortunately, sometimes tragedy strikes in families
and you may have to take in a family member that becomes disabled or even something could happen to you or your spouse.


Disability affects at least 61 million Americans, according to the CDC. Their limited mobility impacts their way of life, even at home.

One of the things we can do for a disabled family member is to make our homes adaptable to their condition. Home remodeling or home modification for the disabled is becoming a common move among Americans affected by disabilities. This involves installing a chairlift and additional handrails onto the staircase, making bathroom modifications, and more. Even vehicles in Salt Lake City and any other areas can also be modified by having adurable wheelchair liftinstalled inside.
That said, let's skim our options for a home modification.

Modification Devices

  1. Chairlifts
If your home has more than one story, then installing a chairlift (or stairlift) along your staircases will be highly helpful. This allows disabled people to go up the upper levels of their homes instead of being forced to stay in the main levels only. Both straight and curved chairlifts are available, with the latter priced higher.

   2. Handrails

You don't need to have a disabled family member to install additional handrails onto your staircases. Two handrails help the elderly climb up and down the stairs with more support. Especially with senior adults being rushed to the ER from falls every 11 seconds, preventive measures become even more crucial. Thus, if you're living with seniors, reinforce their safety now while no accidents have happened yet.

   3. Wheelchair Ramps

Ramps at elevated areas of your home will help your wheelchair-bound family member or guest navigate around the house easier. If you're installing this by an entrance, make sure to widen the doorway as well, to ensure that a wheelchair will fit.

   4. Bath Modifications

Installing a seat in the bath will be essential for the disabled, as well as hands-free shower controls, so they can bathe without much assistance. Moreover, removing thresholds in the shower will allow wheelchairs to pass through with ease. Grab bars along the walls will also be important to provide support for the disabled while they move in the bath.

    5. Comfort Height Toilet

A higher toilet seat will make moving from a wheelchair to a toilet much easier. Comfort height toilets have similar heights to a standard chair.

    6. Kitchen and overall interior modifications

Hands-free faucet controls are also beneficial for the disabled, but if your budget is limited, you can instead change the grips to the lever-style type, as they're easier to control than a knob-style type. Installing wall-mounted sinks will also help the disabled wash their hands without standing up. As for countertops, installing lower ones (34 inches high at most) will help them prepare meals while seated.
Changing your doorknobs to lever-style types will also be more user-friendly for the disabled. And for your flooring, consider vinyl, low-level carpet, or wood, to make them less slippery and risky for the disabled.

Home Modification Grants

Home modification won't come cheap, but fortunately,organizations and private non-profit charitiescan offer financial assistance to those in need.

Veterans can be assisted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inhome remodelingor buying or building a new home. For others, consulting your state's Department of Disabilities will help you know which grants you can qualify for. For employees who got disabled, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy can provide them with home modification grants.

To qualify for a grant, you need to prove that your disability truly limits your movements at home. You also need to submit your home modification plans for approval. Note that many organizations require only a licensed contractor to design your home modification; otherwise, you may be denied the grant.

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