There are several ways you can make a home more handicap accessible, whether by widening doorways or adding bars near the toilet. In this guide, we explain home improvements that will make your home in Rehoboth Beach, DE, more disability-friendly.

Home Improvements for Easier Accessibility

Most wheelchairs are too wide to move through doorways with ease, but sometimes using offset hinges can add a few inches of space. For doorways that need more than a few inches of extra space, you will probably need to hire a carpenter to help renovate the doorways.

Adding Grab Bars in the Bathroom

This involves placing two grab bars approximately 36 inches apart on either side of the toilet. There is another viable alternative if that is not possible; you can attach a single grab bar that is approximately 18 inches long to the nearest wall. All you need is a drill, a level and a hammer, so long as you anchor the bars to the studs.

Providing a Raised Toilet for Easier Seating

According to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), seats should be 17 to 19 inches high for ease of transferring to and from a wheelchair. This can typically be accomplished by purchasing a tall toilet, an elevated base or even a thick toilet seat.

Making a Bedroom Wheelchair Accessible

The size of your bedroom is pretty difficult to change. However, the size of the bed can change to become more accessible for people with disabilities.

Because many people who use wheelchairs get dressed on one side of the bed, the preferred side should get special attention during the construction process. The bed should be easy to access from either side and should have at least 36 inches of space on the preferred side.

Our team knows how to perform these and other modifications to accommodate people with disabilities. Contact Custom Mechanical today to schedule your home repairs or renovations.

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