Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 26

Entry Ways
Barrier-free entryways make
it easier for a family member or
friend who uses a wheelchair, or
a grandchild who’s on crutches
because they’ve broken a leg or
twisted an ankle, to gain access to
your home. Examples of barrier-
free entryways include:
No-Step Entries
The walkway leading from the
sidewalk or driveway to the front
entrance has no steps and very
little, if any slope, to accommodate
someone who use a wheelchair or
has trouble climbing steps. A ramp
is another type of no-step entry.
No-step Thresholds
Entryways leading into the
home and into other rooms are not
divided by a threshold, which elimi-
nates a common tripping hazard.
Garage Lift
Enables someone who uses a
wheelchair, or has problems climb-
ing steps, to gain access from the
garage to the inside of the home.
Space doesn’t get more personal
than the bathroom.You use it count-
less times every day. It should be
comfortable, attractive and safe.To
increase safety and accessibility
in your master bedroom and bath-
room, you should consider making
the following home modifications:
• Building a roll-in shower with
multiple showerheads (height
adjustable handheld
showerhead and fixed)
• Lowering the bathroom sink
and making sure there’s proper
knee clearance
• Installing an elevated toilet
• Installing grab bars
• Ensuring there’s ample
maneuvering clearance
• Building a walk-in closet with
storage at differing heights
• Installing rocker light switches
that are easier to turn on
compared to a more common
flip switch
If you love to cook, but find it
difficult to bend over, or if you have
a height limitation, there are numer-
ous steps you can take to modify
your kitchen to make it more “user-
friendly,” such as:
Home Modifications
Promoting Independence in the Home
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