Returning home with limitations? We can help ease the transition.
Apply these safety, comfort and accessibility tips from the Universal Design Certified Professionals at Thorpe Construction Company in Virginia Beach. And download this information as a handy checklist brochure for your own home, family or patients.
We want clients to be free of potential falls. Lack of safe accessibility becomes a big hindrance for the client and caretaker." ~Les Thorpe
What's it all about?
- Evaluate the driveway and sidewalks (or lack thereof) and note cracks, holes and broken concrete.
- Identify the easiest access to inside. In some cases, this may be through the garage or a side door.
- Do you have handrails?
- Are the doors wide enough?
- Is lighting sufficient throughout the property?
- Lower on/off switches throughout the house.
- One-level living or first-floor master bedroom.
- Bathrooms with roll-in showers and anti-scald valves.
- Vanity options for better positioning of wheel chair or walker.
- Comfort-height toilets.
- Grab bars.
- Widening doorways and hallways.
- Low-effort lever door handles.
- Kitchen layouts that require less bending and stretching to access things.
- Modify sink and wall-oven placement and select user-friendly appliances.