If you think that taking care of a loved one who can’t walk or move on their own is difficult, it’s more depressing for them since they have to use wheelchairs or crutches and even bother you in desperate need. Their condition puts them in an emotional turmoil, preventing them from enjoying their daily lives.
Helping your loved ones become independent, even in the smallest ways possible, could help boost their confidence and morale. One thing you can do is to make your house more disabled-friendly.
Making the House Disabled-friendly
Modifying your home to make it accessible for loved ones in a wheelchair or crutches provide many benefits — if done right. Here’s a guide to help you:
- Bathroom or Toilets
This is something that needs urgent attention. After all, using the toilet and taking a bath are things we people do on a daily basis. To help your loved one to feel independent, make the room wide enough to accommodate the wheelchair. Adding a bathtub for disabled people is also advisable since it has a door and comfortable seat to take a bath on their own.
- Home Entrance
Do this by building a wheelchair ramp at the entrance of your house. Make sure the ramp is wide enough, has handrails, and uses a non-slip surface to prevent accidents.
If you can’t transfer to another house that has no stairs, you could modify the house by adding a vertical platform lift or stairway lift at every staircase in the house. This will help the person feel a sense of independence.
Caring for someone with a disability can be tiring, both physically and emotionally. Make your home a place of independence for your disabled loved ones, so they can still do simple tasks and regain their confidence and self-esteem.