Grand front porches, elaborate door handles and raised or sunken decks may lend impressive curb appeal to your home now, but these features can turn into obstacles later if you have arthritis or use a wheelchair.
Aging in Place recommends eliminating steps to decks and patios and instead making them level with the adjacent indoor rooms. Installing a ramp from the garage floor to the door is another good idea.Replacing door knobs with levers can also help with ease of entry.
Whether it’s for a young, single woman or an independent yet elderly woman, she loves it because if she’s coming in with groceries in her arms, she can elbow the door handle and get through the door.
To make the inside of your house easier to navigate, consider widening doorways to 36 inches or more to accommodate a wheelchair if needed. A hallway should be at least 42 inches wide for optimum wheelchair access.
These are just a few but from the change of a door knob to considering widening the halls within your home for better mobility.