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Disability Action Center NW

UNIVERSAL DESIGN IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

When figuring out home accessibility from a sudden onset of disability, it can seem overwhelming. First you need to focus on providing an accessible bedroom and bathroom. Replace plush carpeting with hard floors that are easy to roll over. Consider an adjustable bed. If possible make a roomier bathroom. A no-sill roll-in shower and handheld shower head with space for a bath chair can help a person bathe with independence. Don’t forget the grab bars. Have storage located in reachable shelves or drawers. An outlet behind the toilet allows for installation of a bidet.

Next comes the kitchen. Access means room to move around in. Foot rests on wheelchairs can bang into cabinets so think about raising the toe kicks under cabinets. Consider adding a table height surface for food prep. Drawers are easier to access than cabinets. Pull out storage bins work better than a closet style pantry and you can see things from both sides!

Access to rooms or the outdoors where doorways are narrow can be inexpensively fixed by adding offset hinges. These let the door swinge completely out of the way, gaining an additional 2″.

And living room furniture can include easy to transfer to sofas or lift chairs.