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Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home Accessible

Life often presents unforeseen changes that require us to adapt our living environments to accommodate new challenges or even new household members. Transforming a home to be handicap accessible can be both expensive and time-consuming. Thankfully, there are quite a few inexpensive ways to make your home accessible right now. In the face of limited resources, consider these budget-friendly approaches to make your living space more accommodating.

1. Furniture Placement

Rearrange furniture to create clear, wide pathways. This improves maneuverability for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. At the same time, make sure you have a 5-foot turn radius so anyone can move around freely, and remember to plan for a path of at least 2-feet between furniture pieces.

2. Portable Ramps

Invest in portable ramps for easy access to entrances. These are cost-effective solutions that can be moved around as needed. One of our favorite suppliers is Roll-A-Ramp. They have a great reputation for making solid, sturdy, and dependable ramps that can be used anywhere. When looking for inexpensive ways to make your home accessible, this is an especially easy add-on that requires limited installation knowledge.

3. Remove Rugs and Liners

Eliminate tripping hazards by removing rugs and liners. This not only enhances safety, it also creates smoother navigation for anyone on wheels or pulling medical aids and equipment.

Adding handrails is an inexpensive way to make your home accessible.

4. Add Grab Bars or Handrails

Install grabs bars in key areas like bathrooms and hallways. These provide essential support and stability to household members who require extra support to get around your home.

5. Replace Round Door Knobs with Lever-Style Door Knobs

The simple change of swapping out round door knobs for lever style door knobs can make a huge positive impact for those with limited hand mobility.

5. Lower Your Closet Rods

Lowering your closet rods to make clothing and personal items more reachable can make a big difference and is easy on your budget. You can install something like this Rev A Shelf Adjustable Pull Down Closet Rod, or simply take your existing bar and move it down to 30 inches from the ground so it can be easily accessed by someone in a wheelchair. Better yet, you can do both and maximize your closet space!

Adding a medical shower bench is an inexpensive way to make your home accessible.

7. Add a Shower Bench

For a comfortable and safe bathing experience, add a sturdy shower bench. This is particularly beneficial for those in your home that may need to sit while bathing.

8. Install a Toilet Riser

When you are looking for inexpensive ways to make your home accessible, installing a toilet riser is one of the easiest things you can add to your bathroom. This is a must for individuals who struggle to get on and off the toilet.

9. Add Automatic Door Openers

Many people think automatic door openers are only available for public buildings, but they can be an impactful way to add freedom and independence in your home as well. One of our favorite suppliers for residential automatic door openers is Open Sesame.

This pull-out organizer in kitchen is one of many inexpensive ways to make your home accessible.

10. Pull-Out Cabinet Organizers

Install pull-out cabinet organizers in your kitchen to make it easier to reach for pots, pans, and other kitchen items. You can do this in other areas of your home as well. This is especially helpful in the bathroom, kitchen, and closet spaces. Your options will depend on your budget, but when you are looking for inexpensive ways to make your home accessible, adding pull out organizers can make a huge difference.

11. Smart Home Appliances

This can get a little bit more pricey, comparitively, depending on the appliance, but smart home appliances are a wonderful way to make life easier on someone with limited mobility. Smart home appliances and devices are available for small scale items like coffee makers, light bulbs, smart locks, and thermostats. Also, you can invest in larger smart appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens, and smart blinds.

12. Use Offset Door Hinges

Widening doorways is a construction project we do almost daily as it is difficult for those with mobility challenges to get through standard doorways. Some doors can be modified to offer a couple extra inches by using offset door hinges. Basically, even this tiny amount of extra space can greatly help someone using mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs. Measure your mobility equipment to see if the added inches offered by offset hinges could be all the space needed to get through those tight doorways. These hinges are not always at hardware stores, however, you can buy them online at stores such as hingeoutlet.com.

Implementing these inexpensive ways to make your home accessible can make a substantial difference in transforming your Minnesota residence into a more inclusive living space. Certainly, even minor adjustments can yield significant improvements, enhancing your overall quality of life. For more extensive and expensive mobility renovations, you may be eligible for the MN CADI Waiver, providing assistance in mitigating larger costs. Whatever your specific needs, rest assured that you can rely on Venture Mobility’s seasoned professionals to create an accessible and accommodating space, ultimately restoring your freedom within your home.

If you need help with creating an accessible friendly home that meets everyone’s needs, please call Venture Mobility at #763-438-0218. 

Author: Blake Eckman

Blake Eckman is the dedicated owner of Venture Mobility, a Minnesota-based company specializing in custom home modifications for handicap accessibility and mobility needs. You can learn more about him at venture-mobility.com.

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