Adapting Your Home To Suit The Needs Of An Older Or A Disabled Family Member

When new home owners build their homes, they rarely think about what would happen if one of them was to become either temporarily disabled. Most new home owners built their homes with tall narrow staircases, hard to reach showers, slippery bathtubs and tall beds. Even in the fortunate event that no one in your family does get disabled, you are building your home to live the rest of your life in and it is guaranteed that you or a member of your family will one day get pregnant while every member of your household will grow old one day. Ideally every home owner should bare these facts in mind when building their homes, making certain to build their homes in a disabled friendly, elderly friendly and even child friendly way. 

Changes you will need to make to your home in the case of disability

Although due attention should be paid to make your home easily accessible and it’s facilities easily reachable, most home owners do not think to build their homes this way. Therefore, in the event that you or a family member is rendered disabled or becomes pregnant you will need to make certain changes to your home. If your shower and hot water system is placed at an inaccessible height, you will need to have a electric hot water system replacement done in your bathroom. If the disability is related to the person’s ability to walk easily or climb, you will need to have a ramp installed at your home close to your stair case. The changes you will need to make to your home will vary based on the exact nature of the disability.

When having your hot water system replacement, make certain that while the level you place it at is accessible to a disabled adult, the level is high enough to keep it away from children as it is vital to keep your home child safe at all costs. If this is not possible, you may place a child lock of sorts over the system to prevent a child from opening the hot water faucet and experiencing burns.

If the disability is long term or permanent, you will need to make a wider range of changes to your home while if it is a short term condition such as pregnancy, you will only need to make minor temporary changes to your home. In the case of a long term disability, you will need to change all electrical switches and light switches in your home to a convenient height with child proofing, while in the case of a short term disability you may give the disabled person a stick or other instrument that would help them use these facilities. Have a look at this page if you are looking for reliable service.