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How to Make Your Property Handicap Accessible

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Whether you have a business that aims to comply with Federal law, or you’re a private homeowner with a friend or family member who requires assistance, it’s possible — through minor upgrades — to retrofit a property to be handicap accessible.

From ramps, to handrailings, and more, making your home or business accessible is a responsible and noble move. Consider these options to get started:  

Assess the Situation

As with any project, the first step is to understand your unique wants and needs. Everyone is different and will require separate considerations.

For instance, if you or a loved one is wheelchair-bound, or you have visitors who require the use of a wheelchair, consider installing a quality ramp. Another option is a sturdy handrailing. These can be easily installed both in and outside the home.

Other questions you should ask before getting started include:

  1. Are all walkways well-lit and free of tripping hazards?
  2. Does the home feature at least one step-free entrance?
  3. Are area rugs and floor items secured with non-slip grips or bolted into place?

You will likely also have your own situation-specific questions that must be addressed before moving forward in the process.

Next, take a close look at the yard and exterior of the home. Consider adding raised pathways. Make sure your entryway (including door) meets ADA requirements.

Inside the home, see to it that hallways can be easily navigated with a wheelchair, walker, or other assistive devices. In the case of wheelchair accessibility, you should also consider the flooring. Carpets create difficulty, while hardwood flooring is usually the best option.

One of the biggest and most difficult undertakings for most accessibility retrofitting projects is the bathroom. Since these rooms are often small and allow for limited modification, many homeowners opt to expand bathrooms into adjacent rooms, to allow for more space and maneuverability. Also keep in mind the level of switches, cabinets, door handles, and other considerations inside the home.

Apply for a Modification Grant

Modifying a property for handicap accessibility can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Financial assistance is available for these improvements through various grants and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Think Alive Achievement Grant, Rebuilding Together Americorps, and more.

In addition, advice and information are available through various organizations such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Social Security Administration (SSA), and more.

Get Assistance

No one should be made to feel uncomfortable or be forced to struggle in their own home. By reaching out for assistance, you’ll take the first steps to regaining peace of mind and quality of life for yourself and/or your loved ones.

Proudly offering more than six decades in home improvement and modification, our expert staff members will work with you to find the best solutions for your accessibility needs.

From handrailings, to sunrooms, roof overs, storm protection, and more, we always have your safety and security in mind. Contact us today to learn how we can help transform your home into an area in which you can feel proud and comfortable.


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