Disability and accessibility: disability-friendly housingHow to make a home disability and accessibility proof? Here are steps to take for a safe and 100% accessible home for people with disabilities.

Home is the place where we are comfortable with all amenities and where we feel safest. This need becomes even more important in the case of people with disabilities who usually face architectural barriers and obstacles of various kinds. The goal of an accessible home is to enable these people to live in a safe space to spend a peaceful and independent life. Here is what a home built with disability and accessibility in mind should look like.

The key aspects to consider in making every room in the home safe and accessible for every type of guest range from access to the upper floor or garden to the use of amenities. Obviously, each type of disability requires appropriate equipment in the home.


The entrance, by definition, immediately welcomes guests, and from here the first obstacles can manifest themselves. Space permitting, a ramp with a non-slip surface and a safety handrail could be included.


These constitute one of the main and most recurrent architectural barriers for those with walking difficulties. The solution could be to install a crawler stair lift or a platform lift.


To ensure freedom of movement and not to slow down emergency response, doors are an obstacle to overcome when reasoning about a disability-friendly and accessibility-friendly home. For example, the standard size may be too narrow for the passage of a wheelchair. The solution could be to eliminate jambs by replacing them with finer frames; or one could opt for casket doors. Knobs are also not to be ignored: their height could be dangerous for a person in a wheelchair.


In this environment, the major limitation to accessibility might be heights. The refrigerator shelves, the shelves and the stove: can anyone access these facilities without difficulty? If the answer is no, then structural modifications would have to be made or, if it is difficult, consider making a dedicated and easily accessible station.


Of course, access to the bed must be easy for anyone. For this reason, clutter, such as carpets and chairs, should be kept to a minimum, and if so, the inclusion of sanitary aids for getting up or lying down such as an electric hoist should be considered; alternatively, the electric bed can come in handy.


Getting into the shower or tub could be really tricky and risky, especially when it comes to getting out with a slippery floor. To feel safe in these situations, a tub lifter could be placed in the room, space permitting.

Telephone and lights

Here, too, heights can be discriminating. Switches should be independently manageable even by people with disabilities; just as the telephone should be cordless precisely so as not to put the inhabitants of the house in the position of not being able to rush to answer the phone.

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