Wheelchair accessible home design - Tips to modify your home

ACCESSIBILITY TIPS

1. CLEAR PATHWAYS

Interior/exterior pathways should have accommodating widths for:

  • Mobility scooters
  • Rollators
  • Power wheelchairs
  • Standard wheelchairs

Standard widths

36″ for hallways
32″ for doorways

MINIMUM CLEARANCE FOR 180 DEGREE TURNS 36″ IN ALL DIRECTIONS

2. LIGHTING

  • All rooms should be well-lit during evening, night time and early mornings
  • Lighting controls should be easy to access and use

3. SECURITY

  • Phones and alert systems should be installed throughout the home for quick, easy access
  • A reliable security or alarm system should be installed to protect you and your home
  • A pendant alarm or watch system should be used in case of emergency – look for one with a falls sensor

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