Making your EC3 home friendly to people with disabilities
The centre of the EC3 area is a busy place and a home situated there would be fairly popular to the right buyer, but some homes need to be re-designed, either for the elderly or disabled. There are various things you can do to adapt your home for disabled or elderly people and this article will focus on adapting your house to make it friendlier and easier for people to manoeuvre.It makes sense to start by looking at the outside of the house. The main thing that you could add would be a handrail on any of the steps or sloped grounds. You could place this rail anywhere you feel it’s most needed, some people will have a handrail that spans the distance from the front door and stretches down the path and toward the gate or opening of your garden. Quite a few of the houses have doors that are set back into the building and are either above or below street level usually meaning in steps being added. Here, it would be useful to add a ramp, or if the steps leading down towards the house are very steep, a lift could possibly be fitted. This would, however, be more costly and so should only really be added if necessary. These are the two main adjustments you can make to the exterior of the house, when it comes to the interior of your home, however, you can make many more amendments giving a disabled or elderly person use of the full house. Throughout the home it would be useful to add some handrails. You could include these both in rooms such as bathrooms, and in the hallways to help people with walking difficulties move around easier. Small ramps over large doorsteps in the house would be a good idea, but only if you feel these are necessary. A red cord in each room will also be a necessity, in case of an accident.There are different adjustments you can make to certain rooms in the house. The room that could hold the most accidents would be the bathroom. Depending on the severity of the disability, there could be hand rails in the bathroom in various places: near the bath, in the shower, next to the toilet. Non slip bath mats could be placed around in well used areas however if you wanted to change the flooring all together you could remove the tiles and replace it with something that is less slippery when wet as this would reduce any falls. Large taps, shower dials and toilet handles would be beneficial.When it comes to the kitchen, once again hand rails could be fitted. Certain safety features on the cooker would be highly recommended as this would reduce the risk of any fire hazards there may be. A fire and smoke alarm should be fitted in the kitchen area if it isn't already, however this is unlikely in homes today, unless the home was old. The adjustments that can be made on a home to make it more suitable for a disabled inhabitant, are both big and small, it could be fitting a handrail in here or there, however, it could also be something larger such as fitting an alarm system or putting different taps in the bathroom and kitchen. The changes you make to your house depend on the person living there, making the simple changes listed above would create a basis for a friendly home and anymore could be made by the person who next moves in.