Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 16

14 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Washington County
Home Modifications
Promoting Independence in the Home
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 eliminates
a common tripping hazard.
Garage Lift
Enables someone who uses a wheelchair, or has
problems climbing 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 countless times every day. It should be
comfortable, attractive and safe.To increase safety and
accessibility in your master bedroom and bathroom,
you should consider making the following home
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