It is becoming a common lawsuit in states like California and Colorado against properties without disability access. Do not let that be yout case! If someone in your household (family member, tenant, or renters) needs a wheelchair to get around, you are going to want to equip the home to benefit their needs and promote safety for them.
- Begin with the home’s entrance. The cost to build a ramp varies depending on the materials and size of the entrance. The ramp should include handrails, non-slip surface, and a cover. If a ramp will make your exterior look cluttered, consider investing in a vertical platform ramp. Also consider installing the ramps or platform at every entrance for the house.
- Stairs: If the home is more than one floor, invest in a vertical platform lift or stairway lift for every staircase in your home. You can consider relocating the person on the first floor, but who wants to be stranded to one floor in their own home?
- Floors: If the house has carpet, it is time to change it. Titles or hardwood flooring are the ideal chooses. You can also get low-pile carpet. Be sure to cover up any exposed wires that can get tangled or stuck in the wheelchair.
- More helpful adjustments: replace all corded phones with wireless handsets, widen all doorways in the house, and add safety bars. You should also lower sinks, showerheads (or install a walk in bathtub), countertops, tables, and light switches.