September 16, 2020 Louise Savoie

Modifying Your Home for Children in Wheelchairs

Home Modifications for the Disabled in NJ

Modifying Your Home for Children in Wheelchairs

When your child has a disability, it’s important to make the necessary modifications at home to make day-to-day tasks much easier and help them feel comfortable and safe. Luckily, wheelchair accessible homes are easier to achieve through the assistance of businesses like Mobility Construction that offer home remodeling services to meet your child’s special needs.

In this blog, we will discuss home modification for disabled children to make the transition as smooth as possible:

  • Exterior modifications

    Modifying your home’s exterior makes it easier for your child to access the front door. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the doorway should be widened to at least 36 inches to allow easy access. If stairs are present, installing ramps in Freehold, New Jersey is necessary. Additionally, there is also the option of installing motion sensor lighting so your child can see better during night time.

  • Interior modifications

    Throughout your home, it’s essential to install non-slip flooring to prevent accidents. This includes laminate, ceramic, vinyl, or hardwood flooring. If you prefer to install carpets at home, make sure to use pile carpet to avoid slips.

    More than that, hallways should be wide enough for the wheelchair to fit with doors having a minimum of 34-36 inches so your child can enter and exit freely. Grab bars may also be installed on either side of the stairs.

  • Room modifications

    Bathrooms can be potentially dangerous for children in wheelchairs. Eliminating obstacles to the shower and installing grab bars will help make bathing and toileting easier. In living spaces, rearrange furniture to accommodate the wheelchair and avoid obstacles like rugs and wires.

Do you require home modifications to ensure handicap accessibility in New Jersey? If so, reach out to us to discuss your options today.

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