When my husband retires we plan to build a forever home, no steps of course. What things do you find helpful in your home to accommodate for your limitations, whether lupus related or not, or what things do you think would be helpful in a home?
I will give you my nurse advice since many of my patients had to make extensive renovations to go home, make sure your bathroom and bedroom can accommodate a wheel chair, grab bars by toilet and in shower, make sure a wheel chair can go in and out of the bathroom without difficulty. Keep things where you can reach them, so lower cabinets. I with my arthritis have a hard time with round door knobs so maybe a more user friendly handle on your doors and a higher toilet seat so your not killing yourself to stand up. Any PTs on this site should be able to give good advice.
- stoves with controls in front
- pull-out shelves in lower kitchen cabinets, lazy susan for corner cabinets
- make parking area wide enough to easily accomodate wheelchair beside car or van
- make sure that the sidewalk is wide enough for a wheelchair (+ a bit for error)
- grade the lawn so sidewalk is even with the grass so if you accidentally step/roll off you don't fall
- slope sidewalk so no exterior steps are needed leading to house
- doorway threshold for exterior door should be no more than 1/2 inch
- vertically adjustable rods in closet
- closet mirrors that go down to floor
In my bathroom i have a walkin shower. It has a bench seat that folds down for when i need it. It also has metal bars located at both ends and across the far wall, so if i get dizzy i can just grab on to one of them if im not sitting on the seat.
Now around the toilet my husband put in two grab bars on each wall beside it. So that i can get myself up or down or if i go to fall i can grab on. And i have had to use them.
I hope this helps....
A walk in bathtub, hand held shower, an angled bar to pull up out of the regular bathtub, a wheel chair ramp, a bedroom and front door big enough to get you in and out of easily in an emergency and to get large furniture in and out, a lift chair, a comole attachment to pull yourself up and down. We have accommodations for our loved one.
Make sure you have proper lighting that will not harm you. Also design home so that windows are not directly near frequent places of uses. Uv protection on windows. Awnings and shaded areas outside. Have a quiet/relax room for exercise, meditation etc.
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