Ever wondered what it takes to make a house wheelchair accessible? The infographic below shows some really good guidelines that one can use in and around the house to make sure a person in a wheelchair gets to move around freely, has easy access to objects in different parts of the house, and can go around doing their day to day activities worry free.



Bedroom
  • Phone/alert system near bed
  • Overhang lift/manual trapeze to get in/out of bed


Bathroom
  • Phone/alert system near toilet & shower
  • Bath tub lift (13”-30” bottom)
  • Commode lift
  • Grab bars next to toilet
  • Grab bars in tub & shower with 36” clearance

Exterior
  • Vertical platform lift for higher outdoor staircases
  • All-weather, outdoor stair lift
  • Portable ramp (front entrance)


Kitchen
  • Wheelchair-accessible countertop & cabinet height.
  • Table: 27” floor-to-table height & 30” x 48” seat spacing
  • Door (minimum 32” width)

Garage
  • Garage entry/interior door ramp for safe, quick car access
  • Wheelchair accessible floor area for easy car loading/unloading
  • Entry door (minimum 32” width)

Basement
  • A stair lift for easy basement access to washer, dryer, pantries, etc.

Accessibility Tips

1. Clear Pathways

Interior/exterior pathways should have accommodating widths for:


  • Mobility scooters
  • Rollators
  • Power wheelchairs
  • Standard wheelchairs

Standard Widths


  • 36” for hallways
  • 32” for doorways
  • Minimum clearance for 180 degree turns: 36” in all directions


2. Lighting


  • All rooms should be well-lit during evening, nighttime, and early morning.
  • Lighting controls should be easy to access and use.


3. Security


  • Phones & alert systems should be installed throughout the home for quick, easy access
  • A reliable security or alarm system should be installed to protect you & your home


Sources:

http://www.wilmington.va.gov/services/hisa.asp
http://www.adaptiveaccess.com/home_changes.php
http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/remodeling/how-to-make-your-home-handicap-accessible.htm
https://lifecenter.ric.org/index.php?tray=content&cid=2246
http://www.ada.gov/racheck.pdf


Infographic Source: KD Smart Chair