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Construction arrangements and design features for persons with disabilities must be more than just adequate. They must inspire self-sufficiency and offer a sense of freedom and not confinement.  What follows are some general recommendations for refitting and re-planning.

Smart Strategies plus General Areas of Consideration worth Looking Into:

  • Learning more about what it is to function with a physical impairment and having to navigate with a cane, crutches, braces, prosthetics or spending one’s days and nights confined to a bed or a wheelchair
  • The importance of not ignoring home-planning and/or workplace guidance from experts with disabilities and rehabilitation specialists who understand the world of the mobility-impaired
  • In relation to construction and design elements; we must also think about the caretakers concerns as well and not bypass their needs or preferences
  • Never forgetting the demands of daily practices associated with living and working and how vital it is to find ways to save time and energy
  • Keeping in mind the equal importance of minuscule solutions as well as major focus renovations
  • Staying clear of using interior design rudiments that are too institutional in appearance
  • Making certain that the persons with disabilities and their families are given enough information on what equipment and the fine points of construction are available so they can make sensible and feasible selections
  • Staying up to date on state-of-the-art supply materials and design features and which ones are to be had, if not immediately, in the not-too-distant-future
  • Taking into account from the onset of the plan both economically sound and routine maintenance issues
  • Avoidance of toxic or hazardous materials
  • Modifications to enlarge spaces such as shower stalls by increasing their width to allow for a wheelchair to be rolled-in
  • Making bathtubs safer
  • Adjustments of height for facets, door knobs, cabinets, shelves, towel bars at clothing racks to plumbing apparatuses to make them more readily assessable
  • Extending parameters of otherwise tight passageways such as narrow entrance halls and corridors
  • installation of windows to ensure the admission of lots of natural light and proper cross-ventilation of air currents
  • Door bells, buzzers, security boxes and light switches installed at eye level when seated for easy accessibility
  • Creation of convertible work surfaces that slide-out and pull-down
  • The allowance of easy access to storage spaces
  • Attention to flaws in floor construction
  • Placement of light fixtures and circuits
  • Adjustments made to built in appliances
  • Keeping it simple by making the environment functional but cozy
  • Eliminating lifestyle barriers by being ultra-sensitive to the requirement of necessary changes

More Information on the Topic –

  • Book on How to Create Interiors for the Disabled by Jane Randolph Cary


  • International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation




  • Independent Living Institute




  • Reader’s Digest – The Family Handyman of Helpful Hints


  • Practical Living Assisted Living Structures


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