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Adapted Housing

Adapted Housing

Housing is one of the most crucial aspects of human life and this is why a lot of thought goes into the design and layout of the building that people intend to live in. for most people, comfort, and convenience take the forefront while other factors such as aesthetics come in later. The same set of considerations goes for people living with disabilities.

Due to their disability, comfort and convenience become even more important for disabled people when choosing a preferred shelter. Thus, this article seeks to identify vital considerations that must be made while providing adapted housing for people with disabilities.


Factors to Consider When Providing Adapted Housing



Accessible Doorways



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One of the most important parts of a building is the doorway as it provides access to rooms within the building. If the doorways are inaccessible for the person with disabilities, the building becomes almost useless, as the disabled person cannot access rooms within the building. An accessible doorway is one that a disabled person can access by themselves without help from a third party, regardless of the type of disability.

This means that a person in a wheelchair should be able to access the doorway, the same way that a person with dyslexia should.


Custom Made Bathrooms






The bathroom is arguably the most difficult room for any disabled person. Due to the need for privacy while in the bathroom, there is usually no help from another person and this means that the disabled person has to navigate the room all by themselves. Providing a custom-made bathroom helps to ensure that the bathroom is safe enough for a disabled persons so much so that they won’t need help to use it. For instance, the use of slip-resistant floor tiles for bathroom floors removes the risk of disabled people slipping on the bathroom floor. Another example of items that makes a bathroom safer is grab bars. The bars provide stability in the shower or toilet.


Safer and Better Flooring






The floor is another area of the house where you should consider and ensure that appropriate options and design decisions are taken.

Some examples of appropriate flooring options for adapted accommodation for a disabled person:
  • Hardwood flooring is ideal for people using wheelchairs or walkers. These walking aids require solid support for them to work effectively and the hardwood floor provides this support.
  • Another option is to use carpeted floors for people that suffer from joint pains. This type of floor provides a cushion and prevents the aggravation of the pain. This floor type is, however, not advisable for wheelchair users as it hinders their movement.
  • You can also lookout for the use of vinyl floors tiles. These floor tiles fit into the slip-resistant category and it is affordable. Both of these features make the tile type perfect for people with disability.


Conclusion






People with disability are with special needs and these special needs must be reflected in the type of accommodation provided. Adapted accommodation makes this possible with certain features and considerations, some of which were discussed in this article.