Many people with a variety of disabilities must adapt their surroundings in order to comfortably carry out activities of daily living. We have covered adaptations for the bedroom and bathroom, and now let’s consider some techniques to use in the rest of your house to make your home more accessible.
After you are done with your morning routine, you want to enjoy living in your house.
Whether you stay in your house all day or leave right after breakfast, the point is this: you should feel good at home. There’s no reason to have to suffer in your own house due to inaccessible circumstances, like not being able to reach a glass of water or open the door.
Reclaim your house by putting in place one or more of these strategies.
Place things in a reachable location
This might sound obvious, but it’s important to have objects placed at reachable distances.
Use a reacher
You can’t put everything you own within easy reach, so for the rest of your stuff consider a reacher or grabber. Reachers are good for fetching those objects that you don’t use often that might be shoved on an old shelf or placed in a low cabinet. Reachers are also great for other activities of daily living like opening the door to the refrigerator or even slipping on a T-shirt. A great reacher has a lot of potential uses.
Use ramps for thresholds
Do you have trouble rolling your wheelchair or walker over the threshold of your front door? Many homes might even have a small step that is impossible for you to roll onto without significant help and risk of injuries.
Cupholders, reachers and ramps aren’t the only items required to make a home fully accessible, but they are a good start for thinking about what you need for your own special circumstances. Your home is your castle. It’s time to reclaim it.