Your home should be your sanctuary and a haven of rest for all who live there. Living with a disability can be challenging enough, and when your living space is cramped you may begin to feel that the world is closing in on you. Opening a space for the disabled person takes a little thought, creativity and patience.
Determine What You Need
The needs of the disabled person will determine the best way to make the home comfortable. You may want to consider long range plans if the condition may deteriorate over time. For example if a person is independently mobile now but the prognosis for the condition suggests a wheel chair may be needed in time, it may be best to consider future modifications. Will doorways need to be widened to accommodate a wheel chair? What about bathroom modifications? Hand rails may be required to assist the disabled person in getting in and out of the shower.
When possible, include the disabled person in the planning. He or she may have some valuable input as to what will add to their comfort. This may not be practical in some situations, such as in the case of a child, or a person who does not have the ability to make those kinds of decisions.
Create an Action Plan
Some people may want to start small with just a few changes and gradually alter the environment. Others will want to decide on a plan and make all the modifications at once. Decide what works best for the family. In some situations drastic changes can be unsettling for a disabled person. An example of this is in the case of a person with dementia. Radically changing the surroundings can lead to agitation and confusion.
Simple Changes Make a Big Difference
Decluttering rooms can create a sense of space. Putting things away and clearing off surfaces can create a feeling of spaciousness. An over loaded coat tree can take up a lot of space unnecessarily. You may even considering removing some of the extra furniture if the room feels too crowded. Check traffic areas to make sure they are clear of clutter. You should be able to move easily from one room to another.
Lighter colors also create a feeling of space. Choose pale or light colors for walls and coverings. Darker colors have a tendency make a room feel smaller. Get light colored, airy window treatments instead of dark heavy curtains. Opening up window space and choosing lighter material has a way of making a room feel bigger.
Do a Home Assessment for the Disabled Person
There are organizations like Rebuilding Together that will work with you in making an assessment to find out what changes you can make to better accommodate the disabled person. There are also grants and other financial assistance resources to help offset the cost of modifications.
Making changes in the home to create a better environment for a disabled loved one can be costly. If the disability is due to personal injury caused by another person, it only adds to the frustration. The attorneys at Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. law office know how to get the compensation due for personal injury cases. If you or a loved one have been injured by someone else’s actions, call us or send us an email. Your initial consultation is complimentary. Residents of the Charlotte and Sarasota County area have been depending on Frohlich, Gordon & Beason for years for legal help. We are the attorneys who care.