What does “accessible home” mean?
There are as many answers to what makes an accessible home as there are individuals desiring modifications to their dwelling or workspace to increase their quality of life and maintain their independence.
Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the landscape for many, but not all answers for all individuals are to be found in the law. Compliance standards built into ADA are extremely helpful, when it comes time to implement changes for YOU in YOUR HOME, the ADA is only a place to start.
The objective of making changes to your home should be, first and foremost, your safety and comfort. If you have an idea for a change that won’t pass the muster of ADA compliance, that shouldn’t stop you from implementing that change if your quality of life is improved.
We’re All Getting Older If We’re Lucky
As we age, most of us slow down and get a little wobbly. It’s nothing to be hidden or ashamed of, if you’ve managed to survive the slings and arrows of life long enough to “get old”, consider creaky knees and a little balance problem as trophies.
There are solutions to the challenges to be faced, many of them free or certainly very inexpensive. Lessening the impact of gradual or even rapid changes to mobility and strength and dexterity doesn’t have to involve big disruptions in your way of life or where you want to live.
Between all of us, let’s figure out what will help!
Workable not Expensive
There are ways to achieve perfect results for very little money. Some solutions require more technical knowledge than others. For example, it’s more difficult to install an automatic opening and closing door than it is to build a simple ramp to make the transition from the garage to the house.
The first item on your list should be to determine what the actual “problem” is.