When you have mobility issues—or anticipate that they may come with aging—you should start considering what it would take for you to be able to live independently in your own home. Many adults with mobility issues would prefer to take care of themselves. With a few adjustments and a little thinking ahead, you can design or remodel your home with an eye toward making life easier in the future.
WSL Incorporated is an ADA-certified contractor and certified aging in place specialist in Pennsylvania. We have a track record of success in designing and remodeling commercial and residential spaces for disabled or limited-mobility residents.
Mobility considerations for master bedrooms
When you have mobility issues, one of the first things you can do to help is move your bedroom to the first floor. Climbing stairs when you have trouble getting around adds unnecessary struggle.
Deciding how to design or remodel your first-floor master bedroom with an eye toward the future can be overwhelming, so we’ve listed some of the major adaptations you can adopt. For more help, contact the experts at WSL Incorporated. We can work with your individual needs and budget to create the right modifications for your lifestyle:
- Size and location: When you’re choosing a bedroom, make sure it’s large enough for you and any mobility devices you use (such as wheelchairs and walkers) to get around the room even when there’s furniture inside.
- Accessible doorways: One easily-overlooked obstacle can be door size—you’ll want your doors to be wide enough for wheelchairs and walkers to fit through easily.
- Ceiling lifts: If you or your loved one requires a ceiling lift, you may need to reinforce the structure of your home to support the lift.
- Bed rails and grab bars: Installing grab bars along the walls is a great way to add accessibility without taking up too much space.
- Consider pocket doors: Many mobility-impaired people enjoy pocket doors. They’re out of the way when they’re open, and the hinges won’t catch your wheelchair or walker.
- Lever-style doorknobs: Sometimes it’s hard to grip doorknobs, especially if you’re afflicted with arthritis. Lever-style doorknobs reduce the struggle.
- Floor consistency: It gets harder to adjust to different styles of flooring as your mobility decreases. Having all carpet or all hardwood can help make traveling from room to room significantly easier.
- Phone access: Although the rise of cell phones makes phone access easier, it’s still a good idea to plan for a land line in each room, especially the first-floor master bedroom.
Custom mobility and aging in place solutions for your Pennsylvania home
Are you ready to design your dream home or remodel with mobility in mind? Contact WSL Incorporated today to get started on your aging in place solutions. No matter the size, budget or needs of your project, we will help you every step of the way. We will make sure your project is completed to your satisfaction. Call us today for a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!