Learn to adapt a new home for your disabled family member

Any moving process can be complicated if there is no good planning and organization of time and space. Not everyone has the same priorities in a moving process, so they must be determined and assumed before starting with all that moving entails.

Families are different, while some may be unable to perform certain activities because of a baby, others because they have people with disabilities in their household. These factors can complicate the situation a little, but hard does not mean impossible. It is necessary to determine your priorities in order to start working from there.

When you have a family member with disabilities, it is essential to think about the adaptability that can be given to the new home, but, for this you first have to:

  • Check if the property is suitable for the disabled person.
  • Check if there is the possibility of making some changes to the property.
  • Determine the needs of the disabled person.

How can a home be adapted for a disabled family member?

People with disabilities face very strong social problems. The idea is to reduce this tension starting at home.

A simple way is to help adapt the new home to a safe and quiet space for a person who has any type of condition that makes it impossible for them to do certain things, especially moving around in their own home.

What can you do?

  • Get to know their needs: not all disabilities are the same, one person may be blind but can walk, another may not be able to walk but still have vision. The point is that you really have to analyze what their needs are to know how to adapt the new home.

  • Find out if there is a foundation for adaptability: Carefully check if there’s a chance to modify certain spaces according to the needs of the disabled person. For example, the unevenness of the property. For a blind person is better to walk without steps or any obstacles, same for a person in a wheelchair.

  • Doors and windows: these are two very important elements, which should be easy to operate, i.e., they can be easily opened and closed. For this purpose, technology or any other method can be used to ensure comfort.

  • Bed: every bed must have a height of 17in from the floor, it cannot be too high, as this would make it impractical for people with disabilities. It is essential that they can be at home on their own.

  • Bathrooms: it is necessary to have anti-slip materials, such as carpets, socks, among others. The main idea is to prevent the person from slipping or suffering any injury or harm.

You may be interested: How to move if you have a disability.