Handicap Accessible Home Modifications
Examples of Handicap Remodeling
There are many ways to make a home more accessible with handicap remodeling; however, some ADA modifications are critical. Accessibility 101 offers many wheelchair access home modifications like:
- Door Widening – Some doorways are not designed with wheelchair access in mind. It is common for wheelchair users to find doorways that are too narrow for them to pass through. When this occurs in the home, door widening is one potential wheelchair access home modification.
- Kitchen Remodels – The kitchen is one of the most common problem areas that requires handicap remodeling. Kitchen remodels can include lowering countertops, altering cabinets, and installing accessible appliances.
- Hard Surface Flooring – Many floors in your home are not designed for wheelchair use. Wheelchair users may have trouble rolling through thick carpet, and they’ll need flat transitions from room to room. Hard surface flooring provides the perfect solution for the handicapped, with durable materials that can stand up to anything. Other handicap accessible flooring includes non-slip flooring, non-slip tile, non-slip vinyl, and non-slip LVP.
- Roll-In Showers – Roll-in showers allow homeowners to roll directly into the shower using a shower wheelchair instead of making a transfer to bathe. These showers often come with special features like grab bars and height-adjustable, detachable shower heads.
- Roll-Under Sinks – Roll-under sinks are a wonderful wheelchair access modification. They allow wheelchair users to approach their sink while facing forward, instead of accessing the sink from an angle.
- Grab Bars – This accessibility modification is one of the most essential. Grab bars can be used by most people with mobility issues and have a wide range of benefits. They reduce the risk of falls, provide stability during transfers, and are quick and inexpensive to install.
Keep Your Freedom with Handicap Modifications
The CAPS Designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in partnership with AARP and is administered by NAHB. Professionals who have earned the CAPS designation are experts in designing and building aesthetically-enriching, barrier-free living environments. They have been trained in the unique needs of the older adult population and apply strategies and techniques to provide comprehensive and practical home modification solutions