When it comes time to find a new apartment for you or your loved one to live in, you need to understand all of the features offered for people with disabilities. There are several features that set disabled access apartments apart from standard apartments which might help you make the best decision for where to live. Here are a few standard features of disability access apartments and what to look for if you are in the market for one.
Those who are bound to a wheelchair need to be able to move freely within their apartment space just like any one else. Hallways must be a minimum of four feet wide, large enough so a wheelchair can easily move from one room to another. Another feature to look for in disabled access apartments are the height of the light switches. If the person living there is not able to reach the light switch, then you need to install extenders to make it possible for them to turn the lights and fans on and off easily.
While there is not a standard layout for disability access apartments, there are a few standard layouts that are easier for people who are disabled. If there is an island in the center of the kitchen, it might make it difficult to cook and work in the kitchen space. All appliances and counter tops might be lower, making it easier for them to reach things while working in the kitchen. If the corners of the counter tops are sharp and pointed, it can be a recipe for disaster if you or your loved one runs into it, so make sure all corners are rounded to stay as safe as possible.
Bathroom doors, and all door frames on the apartment, should be wide enough for a wheelchair to go in and out without hitting the walls. In disability access apartments, you will often times not see a bath tub but instead a handicapped shower with rails and a bench for bathing with ease. When dealing with any space that might potentially have water on the floor, make sure there are anti-slip mats down to prevent anyone from falling while using the restroom or showering.
Bedrooms need to be comfortable for the elderly to enter, move around, and have access to ceiling fan controls and light switches. If the room is not large enough, it can make it very difficult for elderly or disabled people to move from the wheelchair to their bed.Share