Useful Suggestions For The Handicap Bedroom Design
Although it is possible to alter any area of your house to make it more accessible for you to use when you are disabled, the bedroom is particularly significant. A bedroom ought to be a place of rest and relaxation where one may recharge.
A wheelchair user will have no trouble entering, navigating, or residing in a bedroom that has been designed with accessibility in mind. To make space accessible, it must adhere to certain rules and guidelines about its structural setting, as well as its form, decor, furniture, and other aids.
Use these tips below as a starting point for thinking about what modifications are most crucial to making your bedroom accessible for people with disabilities.
Choose Right Flooring
When constructing a bedroom for those with mobility or vision impairments, it is important to avoid using carpet flooring or other materials that might cause the person to trip and fall. People in wheelchairs may find it hard to maneuver on carpets, and crashes involving rugs are common.
Try to get flooring made of a nonslip substance like polyvinyl or rubber for your handicapped-accessible bedroom. Pick a color that won't mix in with the surroundings or bounce too much lighting, since this might be confusing for the visually handicapped.
Choose Right Lighting
Changes from darkness to light must be handled carefully for the benefit of those with visual impairments. Thus, if you want to make your bedroom more accessible, a dimming switch is an excellent feature to consider installing. For the best results, use both natural and synthetic light, and don't be afraid to add fluorescent lighting to dark places like your closet.
We suggest that you choose a color scheme in which you will have opposing paintings, decorations, and textural regions. Those with vision impairments will appreciate this while trying to navigate the room and identify certain pieces of furniture.
Note the Doors and Doorways
When open, doors need to provide at least 32 inches of room for those using motorized wheelchairs, including those with specialized rehabilitation equipment. Increasing it to 42–48 mm provides more room for wheelchair users to spread out, which is especially helpful if they keep other objects in their laps.
It is possible to increase the width of closet doors for the same purpose of facilitating storage and retrieval. To avoid the inconvenience of a swinging door, sliding doors may be installed on the closet's opening. The entrance into the room must be no more than half an inch high unless it is curved on both edges. Pivot door knobs that only need around five pounds of force to operate are preferable.
Make sure there is enough room to maneuver your wheelchair across the room and into place in front of the bed, drawers, and wardrobe. If you're having trouble getting around in your bedroom because of the placement of furniture or other objects, you may want to think about relocating them.
Rugs and carpets should not be rolled up or stored on the floor, and counter space should be kept clear. If you maintain just the very minimum in your bedroom, you'll have more space to move about while still having quick access to objects you use often. It's recommended to store additional stuff in your room in less visited spots.
Install Bed Lifts
In order to comfortably use a wheelchair, the mattress's upper layer must be flush with the chair's base. Bed risers may be constructed to bring the mattress to the desired height if necessary. You'll find it far less difficult and risky to get in and leave the bed with this aid.
Use Bedside Commode
Bedside commodes resemble benches or chairs and go by several names, including commode chairs, toilet chairs, and portable toilets. Conveniently located next to a bed, this apparatus contains a hole in the seat through which urine and feces may be deposited in a separate container.
When a person is rehabilitating from an injury, sickness, or major surgery, they may have trouble adjusting their toilet routine to their new normal. Bedside commodes could be helpful, providing a method for individuals to develop a new routine that is dignified and works to keep a certain sense of autonomy while they recuperate from surgery or medical issues or as they deal with a lack of movement due to aging.
Uue Safety Bed Rails
Some elderly people may not be able to sleep properly on a bed because of health concerns or bodily restrictions. Safety rails for the bed serve two purposes: they keep individuals from falling down at any time of the morning or night, and they allow for more mobility in bed.
Additionally, they function well as bedside transfer rails, facilitating the transition from bed to wheelchair. The disabled, who have brittler bones and are thus more at risk of serious injury, may benefit greatly from bed aid gadgets like these.
Install Switches and Outlets
A comfortable lighting system has controls that are easily accessible from a sitting position. Make sure you could always see your way out of the house by installing light switches that are convenient for reaching even when lying in bed and close to the door.
If you use ceiling fans, the controls should be positioned such that they can be easily accessible while sitting in a chair. Put or reposition power outlets to a convenient height, such as over a piece of furniture or on a wall that can be reached without bending over.
You may use voice commands to operate your home's electronics like the TV, lights, and phone. In the event of a fall or other crisis, it may also be utilized to summon assistance.
Lever grips, like those on wheelchair-accessible doors, are the preferred method of opening windows.
It's preferable if you can use the window handles with one clenched fist rather than needing to use both hands. They ought to be up between 800 to 1000 mm above the ground, and users shouldn't have to use fine motor skills to operate them. Make your window controls easily visible by using colors that stand out from their backgrounds for those with vision impairments.
Choose the Right Furniture
Prioritizing stable and good-quality furniture and strategically placing each item to maximize wheelchair maneuverability is essential. All of the space within a wardrobe or other similar storage container should be easily accessible, so keep the doors on that area somewhat broad. You can install your closet rods at a height of 47 to 55 inches from the ground and use D-ring handles or other lighter hardware on your drawers.
When designing your wheelchair-accessible bedroom, bear in mind that the turning circuit must be at least 5 feet in diameter. Make sure there are plugs close to the bed so that people may be using their electronics without getting out of bed as often. No unsecured electrical cables should be on the floor, since they pose a serious tripping danger, particularly for the visually impaired.
Making even little adjustments to your bedroom may have a significant influence on your freedom, pleasure, and security. In case your current bedroom isn't catering to your physiological, psychological, and emotional demands, try incorporating some of our suggestions.
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