If you have a family member who has special needs, you must be keen to make sure that your home is well equipped to meet these needs. People with disabilities or impairments usually need specialized equipment or assistive devices to ease the burden. Having the right kind of equipment in the house can ensure largely normal lives for these individuals. Many can even manage without caregivers with only a few of these items. Here are some such handy adaptations you can make to your home.
Bathrooms can be slippery, so the first thing to have put in is anti-slip mats. You may also need to install a shower seat, and for the disabled toilet backrest are a must. If the person with special needs cannot reach the sink (due to confinement to a wheelchair, for example), you will have to replace it with a lower hand basin.
Special beds might be required, such as a remote-controlled adjustable bed and appropriate bedding. If the individual needs disabled toilet grab rails, they will also need handles and railings for the bedroom so that they can easily hoist themselves up or get into the bed. There are devices that can help to lift a person who has difficulty with mobility.
Make sure that there is wheelchair access by putting ramps wherever there are steps. Install a disability shower seat stair lift if there is a large staircase. In addition, you’ll have to safety-proof plug points and put in alert devices. Other rooms may require specialised furniture as well, such as support chairs, depending on the needs of the individual who has the impairment or disability. As far as possible, keep necessities on the ground floor for easy access. Also make sure that floors are slip-proof. Automated devices like robotic vacuum cleaners, a van lift for transport, and service animals can also significantly ease the burden of disability and impairments. Generally, make sure all light switches, handles, and phones are at accessible heights, and that doorways and passages are wide enough for wheelchairs to pass through.
Just these few changes can make a world of a difference for people with special needs. However, most changes should be made only after consulting an occupational therapist (OT) who can visit your home and the individual with special needs. The OT will be able to give you detailed information on what changes need to be made based on the requirements of the individual. Many people with impairments or disabilities can live largely normal lives if their homes are thoroughly equipped with the right technology and assistive equipment.