General Checklist for Home Modification
When you are considering modifiying your home to accomodate current or expected disabilities, the following list gives you a general idea of things to consider for all rooms in the home.
- Light switches should be accessible from a seated position, so: 36" to 42" from the floor for people using a wheelchair.
- Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Replace knobs with levers on doors and faucets.
- Mount faucets on the side of the sink rather than at the back.
- Install hard, even flooring or tightly woven low pile carpeting for maximum safety and mobility.
- All stairs should have sturdy handrails the entire length of the staircase.
- Incorporate accessible storage options including pullout shelving, baskets and lazy susans.
- Reinforce walls in all rooms that require sturdy grab bars (bathroom, bedroom)
- At least one entrance to the home should be accessible without the use of stairs (for people using wheelchairs, walkers or canes).