When a child has a disability, the physical environment of the home may need to be modified as the child grows, especially if the child has a physical disability that requires the use of a walker, wheelchair or powerchair. Physical environments in ready-made homes are not always 100% accessible, and they can require modifications to make sure the child can access every part of the house. This can include bathrooms, cupboards, sinks, closets and light switches, among other things. Individuals who are looking into buying or constructing a barrier-free, accessible, or “designed for all” home can, on the order hand, can request specifications to be developed beforehand in accordance with universal design standards (the highest of accessibility standards), a benefit that retrofitting does not provide.
To determine what kinds of modifications a specific home needs, parents can contact a physical or occupational therapist to evaluate the home and provide advice regarding how and where to get modification services and training on how to use modified equipment.Modifications can change the physical structure of a home by widening doorways and lowering countertop height, using ramps instead of steps, chair lifts instead of stairs, accessible bathrooms and free-standing showers. Other changes are less extensive and can include grip-friendly doorknobs, switches, non-slip flooring, door push bars, transfer benches, modified shelvings, modified faucets, modified wall sockets, and bathroom grab bars.
At Miss Bella Support Service, we understand that accessible housing is vital for the independence of the aging and people with disabilities. We have the experience and expertise to provide home modification solutions that make your home safer and better suited to your needs.
Our experts evaluate needs, provide smart solutions, and supervise every aspect of home modifications for people with disabilities. UDS provides consulting, design, construction services, and the products you need to make your home more accessible. This includes :
Want to learn more about the quality outcomes of our accessible home modifications program? Check out the PDF below.