If you’ve never used a wheelchair before, you’d probably be surprised at how many home designs make navigation difficult. This is the last entry of a three-part series about how to make your home more welcoming to a wheelchair user.
One of the best things you can do is take a critical look at your flooring. Below are some tips to keep in mind:
•Choose carpet carefully. While extra-plush carpeting is tempting, it makes rolling and turning difficult. If you want the cozy feel that carpet brings to a home, buy a low pile in between ¼ and ½ inches.
•Toss the throw rug. Throw rugs can easily get caught in a wheelchair’s wheels or trip someone using a walker. For safety reasons, it’s best to get rid of any throw rugs.
•Try a slip-resistant coating. Several companies offer slip-resistant coatings like No Skidding® that can be applied to hardwood, natural stone, vinyl, ceramic tile, and many other types of flooring. This coating gives wheelchairs better traction. Home improvement stores also offer do-it-yourself kits.
•Ramp it up. The Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Guidelines suggest putting a ramp in any height change greater than ½ inch. For stairs leading to your front or back doors, you can hire a contractor to build a ramp made of brick or wood that fits the look of your home. You can also buy affordable premade ramps.
Learn even more about the pros and cons of flooring for wheelchairs.
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