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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 8/17/2017

Visually attractive design isn't enough to make your house a front runner in the real estate market. Mobility is important and not only for senior adults. In addition to age, physical limitations, body structure and intellectual disabilities create need for your home to make it easier for you and your guests to be more mobile. Specifically, your guests and you benefit from a more mobile friendly home because a mobile friendly home provides greater security.

Why you need a mobile friendly home

There are even more reasons to go mobile at home. For example, you need a mobile friendly home because:

  • Mobile friendly home enhancements can help to reduce or eliminate accidents like slips and falls
  • Muscle strains created when children and short adults press their bodies to reach canned food on top cabinet shelves can be avoided
  • Wheelchair falls that occur when people topple over as they lean too far forward or to the side as they attempt to go from the second to the first floor or go up or down stairs
  • Ability to contact someone in the event of an emergency

Getting to a more mobile friendly home requires vision and an openness to innovation. It also requires care for your house guests. Plainly, you need to care about the people who visit or live at your home to see it important enough to redesign your home to accommodate people who may have physical or intellectual disabilities.

Designing a mobile friendly home

Specific actions that you take to design a mobile friendly home depend on the current layout of your house. In general, to achieve a mobile friendly home, you could:

  • Lower kitchen cabinets so that every adult who lives at or visits your house can reach top shelves without having to strain while standing atop a foot stool
  • Place a footstool within easy reach of house residents and guests. This could be as simple as putting a footstool in your kitchen pantry
  • Install handrails at indoor stairwells that have four or more steps
  • Build handrails at all outdoor stairwells regardless of the number of steps
  • Put throw rugs in front of doors to catch excess water on rainy days to keep guess and family members from slipping and falling
  • Add wheelchair ramps to the exterior of your home. Add wheelchair ramps at the start of your back and front walkways
  • Open walls to lower the times that people have to enter or exit doorways or walk around walls to get inside another room
  • Include emergency monitors in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and other rooms of your home that people with mobility challenges frequent

Many actions that you could take to design a more mobile friendly home don't require construction. It's possible to perform a lot of the actions on your own and within minutes. A visit to a home goods store will resolve many of the items.

For example, you can get a step stool and throw rugs from a home goods or department store. Getting an emergency alert system could be as simple as adding the service to your home security system. It also helps to ask family members and guests what changes could be made at your home to make your home more mobile friendly.





Deborah Schilling