When you live in a wheelchair, you encounter a number of unique challenges that may not have been accounted for when your house was built. But retrofitting can make your home safer and more convenient.
In our previous blog, “Creating a Wheelchair-Friendly Home,” we provided the basics of modifying your home for safety and general access. In this blog, we cover several automated devices which can further simplify the everyday tasks you perform.
Consider installing any of the following six devices to improve the way your home meets your needs.
1. Curtains and Blinds
Sunlight can bring an air of cheeriness and cleanliness to any room. Natural light also helps regulate mood and encourage physical well-being. However, many curtains and blinds are difficult to open unless you can stand next to them.
Consider automatic curtain openers or roll up blinds so you can choose how to light your home without trouble. These devices prove particularly useful in bedrooms, home offices, and main living areas.
2. Cupboard Tracks
Kitchen and bathroom storage can pose a problem for those living in wheelchairs. Often, lower cupboards do not offer enough space, but higher cupboards all sit out of reach.
If you are open to a larger renovation, have powered cupboard tracks installed. These tracks move individual cupboards up and down so you can use all of your storage space without difficulty.
3. Door Openers
Doors can become quite a hassle as well. Not only can handle placement be inconvenient but the door itself may also require multiple steps to open and go through. Automatic door openers allow you to simplify this process.
Most residential door openers have either wall-mounted controls or a handheld switch similar to a garage door opener. Unlike commercial door openers, which respond simply to a person passing the sensor, domestic door openers must be prompted, which helps prevent pets and kids from accidentally triggering the opener.
4. Entry Control Measures
You want to feel safe in your own home. One of the safety measures many homeowners take consists of controlling who enters the house. When a peephole doesn’t work for you, you may want to install a video or intercom system along with an entry door opener.
This system allows you to see or speak to everyone who comes to your door. Additionally, your door stays locked until you tell the system to let your guest inside.
5. Lighting Controls
Most light switches sit at a natural height for a standing adult. If you use a wheelchair, however, these switches may be inconvenient or even impossible to reach. Moving the switches down can help, but that adjustment is not your only option.
You may also choose to connect your lights to a motion sensor, noise sensor, or remote control system.
6. Wireless Socket Shutoffs
Leaving some devices plugged in can waste power or even pose a safety risk. However, bending down to unplug each device isn’t feasible for all homeowners.
Instead, install wireless socket shutoffs. You can find new sockets with this feature built in or have an expert retrofit your current sockets to respond to a new shutoff controller. If you decide to use this type of automated device, think about where you need it most. For example, if you prefer to unplug the television or kitchen devices, those sockets take priority over outlets in your hallway or bathroom.
Invest in any combination of these automated devices to reduce the difficulty of routine tasks, enhance your safety, and improve your overall quality of life.
When you begin to renovate your home to make life better, consult with Twincity Stairlifts. Our expert team has helped families and individuals find solutions for the challenges that complicate their everyday lives.