Is your home as welcoming as it could be for all ages and stages of life? Sometimes people think, I am not old enough to concern myself with modifying my home. What about those recovering from an accident or surgery? What if you have a parent who needs care?

Visitablity refers to the ability of every person, whether they are in a stroller, scooter, using a walker, or wheelchair being able to use a home. If a loved one found themselves needing to use a wheelchair for mobility, could they live in your house? Could a friend with impaired mobility easily visit you?  Would there be a bathroom they could confidently use?  

Unfortunately, very few houses have been built to be a barrier free and 25-60% of homes will at some point be occupied by someone with a long-term mobility impairment. Bathroom doors are typically 28” wide and a wheelchair needs a 32” wide door to get in, and even more space to be able to negotiate a transfer.

A Certified Visitable Home needs these three elements:

  1. A no-step, no-threshold entry
  2. Doorways at least 32” wide and hallways with 36” of clear width,
  3. A wheelchair accessible bathroom on the main floor.

It is very cost effective and more marketable when remodeling, to include universal design elements.  If your home is not accessible, it could be suddenly needed, and cause additional stress waiting for the remodel to finish to met the needs. There is the design, possible building permit, ordering of materials which can take weeks.

Hire a design professional team that has the national certification of a Certified Aging in Place Specialist to help create attractive solutions.  With the increase of demand for universal design, there are more appealing bathroom products available.

Make your home inviting for all!

 

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.  1 John 3:1

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