Home Accessibility

Couple Reviewing House PlansHome accessibility is a common problem. Consider that “At some time during our lives, ninety percent of us will be disabled and unable to live in our homes comfortably, as defined by conventional building design.” (Wylde, Baron-Robbins and Clark, 1994). That means most of us will experience a time when we are physically unable to access our homes because of an illness, injury, disability, or just getting older.

Adaptive Living Designs can help you identify the things in your house that are preventing you from enjoying your home to its fullest. We can work with you to adapt your present surroundings to meet your current and future accessibility needs. We do this through a combination of education, technology, and adaptive home modifications. We help you adapt your living environment to meet your specific needs, allowing you to maintain as independent a lifestyle as possible.

Independence Is Its Own Reward

Accessibility is most often associated with the ability to enter or exit a house safely. True accessibility, however, extends throughout your entire home and even into your yard. An illness, injury, disability, or age should not limit your ability to access your home safely and independently. You should not be “stuck” in one area of your home. At Adaptive Living Designs, we believe you should be able to access your kitchen, bathroom, family room, dining area, closets, cabinets, appliances, porch, garage, and yard safely and as independently as possible.

In most cases, you do not have to let your environment interfere with your safety and mobility. Even simple changes to your home can help you avoid potentially dangerous situations and complete daily tasks more efficiently. Adapting your home to meet your needs is an important step toward maximizing both function and independence.

Assistive technology and home modifications have the potential to increase your independence, safety, and quality of life. Assistive technology can help you turn lights on and off, answer the telephone, and open the door. Home modifications such as ramps, widened hallways and doorways, and bathrooms equipped with grab bars make it easier for you to move through your home safely and conveniently.

Staying at home has the advantage of being in a familiar place. At Adaptive Living Designs, we work with you to remove physical barriers that could prevent you from staying in your home. At the same time we help you create a safe, convenient, home environment you can live with.