Whether you need to make sure you’re living in a home that can meet your mobility requirements or you’re looking to make sure your home is well-suited to your needs as you approach retirement—accessibility is going to be your number one concern. This applies to both those who are looking for a new place to live and those that want to make their current home more accessible.
To help you on both these fronts, we’re taking a look at some of the key accessibility concerns you need to look out for when looking for a new home as well as some of the things you can do right now to make your own home more accessible.
Railings And Bars
When it comes to accessibility the bathroom can be one of the more perilous and challenging areas of the home. A grab bar can be an easy, and cost-effective, way of making any bathroom more accessible. A fixed grab bar can make it easier for people to get out of the shower or bath, as well as get up from the toilet.
However, you need to remember that the positioning, especially in terms of height, is vital. If you’re unsure we’d recommend consulting either an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist before beginning your installation.
As I’m sure you’re aware, we spend a lot of the time in our homes going back and forth between rooms and up and downstairs. And most of us probably don’t think twice about it—but for the elderly and those with mobility concerns, it can be a fraught area. A stair lift provides an easy solution to that quandary. Even if you have curved stairs, or need to navigate difficult angles, a stairlift can be installed without any problems.
Accessibility Advice For Househunters
Finding the ideal home is never easy, but that’s especially true if you’re trying to find something that matches up with specific accessibility requirements. There are greater efforts being made to make accessibility a universal requirement, but even with that in mind, there’s still a lot that needs to be considered if you’re searching for an accessible home.
Look For Modern Developments
One of the biggest problems anyone has when they’re searching for a home is sifting through the seemingly endless sea of websites and listings—this is why it’s useful to have a more specific starting point. If you’re prioritizing accessibility then you should begin with the more modern builds and housing complexes—all of which are more likely to feature elements such as wide doors, accessible entrance routes, and user-friendly kitchens and bathrooms.
Ask The Right Questions
Once you’ve narrowed down your shortlist—you’ll be taking the key step of visiting the property. When it comes to accessibility this is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of what living in the property will be like on a day-to-day basis. The best way to do this is by asking questions, here are some of the most pertinent questions you need to be asking:
- How wide are the doors?
- Is the property wheelchair accessible?
- Are the switches and other things that need to be reached at an easy height for me to get to?
- Are the bath and the shower easily accessible?
- Is there designated accessible parking access?
When you’re looking to find an accessible home that matches your needs—you want to be sure you’re working with a real estate agency you can trust. At Madsen Langlois, we make it our mission to provide a high level of customer service and care for all of our clients.
And, we have over 30 years of experience to back that up. To find out more about our services, contact us or browse our website today.