According to the national census, approximately 56.7 million individuals within the United States are living daily with a disability. These people commonly experience a range of limitations associated with the medical condition that has resulted in their disability.
Examples include limited stamina levels that result in fatigue, psychomotor issues, memory problems, coordination problems, limited range of motion, stiffness, and pain. When one suffers from a limiting disability, it is imperative that their home environment provides the amount of support and functionality required for that person to lead a life that is happy, productive, and safe.
It is also important that those with disabilities have the accommodations in and around their home that will allow them to live independently for as long as possible
In order to determine the special needs of the disabled, you must know and understand what medical conditions from which they suffer.
Immediately after learning as much as possible about their condition, you must determine the limitations that may currently impact the person, as well as those limitations that may be experienced in the future.
The most extreme of situations must be considered in order to properly prepare the individual’s home.
The following lists some common questions that you should ponder when attempting to create an accommodating home for the person suffering from a limiting disability:
- Do the exterior entrances to the home have the proper amount of lighting?
- Are the exterior entrances free from hazards that could result in trips and falls?
- Is there a staircase in the home? If so, does it have handrails on both of the sides, appropriate lighting installed, and non-slip flooring over the steps?
- Are area or room rugs throughout the home lined with grips that prevent slippage?
- If there are steps leading into the home, will a ramp be needed for access?
- Are there grab bars installed in halls, bathrooms, the kitchen, and other frequented areas throughout the home?
- Does the bathroom of the home need to be barrier-free? If so, does it have an elevated toilet, grab bars, shower heads that are hand-held, seats for the shower, and an accessible sink?
- Are there seat lift chairs, bed rails, and/or security poles placed throughout the home that will allow your loved one to move around freely, without limitations and potential for injury?
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We work closely with our clients and their loved ones to ensure that the proper accommodations are put in and around the home for their unique disability. We know and understand the importance of living independently and the comfort that stems from continuing to reside within the home.
If you have a loved one that needs special accommodations to live in an independent manner, we are here to help. You can get them back home safely and keep them at home safely, without the worry of injuries, falls, and similar complications.
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