Home accessibility modifications, also called environmental accessibility modifications, are physical changes made in the home to accommodate a disability or mobility restriction. They improve comfort and ease-of-use navigation through one’s own home.
From motion sensor lights to lever handles, from portable ramps to widened doorways, there are a broad range of home modifications that make life easier. Many modifications are simple to install and are available at low- or no-cost. Depending upon personal need, some home modifications may require the services of a professional contractor or the redesign of the home.
Home accessibility modifications can make a home more visitable too. People are able to welcome friends and family, who use wheelchairs or walkers or may have trouble navigating steps, into their homes. This simply makes life more rich. Another added plus, you can deduct certain home modifications from your taxes.
And for anyone looking to build a home, they may want to consider incorporating universal design features. These are accessible and barrier-free features such a wide doorways, which are usable by all people – regardless of age, size and disability status.
Learn more: Visit the Visitability website from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) for information and resources for improving visitablity in your home.