Handicap Accessibility Modifications That Could Help in a Disaster
Living with a physical handicap that affects mobility is difficult, but can present real challenges if a disaster strikes. While family members or home care workers may be able to help with daily needs, handicap accessibility modifications can provide greater independence on a daily basis and can be invaluable in case of emergency. The following are a few handicap accessibility modifications that may be of great value to those with a physical handicap in times of disaster.
Ceiling Mounted Lifts
Ceiling mounted lifts can help wheelchair bound individuals transition from the bed, bath, couch, or chair, to the wheelchair. These lifts can be very helpful if the individual needs to become mobile very quickly and is doing something that requires him or her to be out of the wheelchair at the time. Installing ceiling mounted lifts in multiple rooms can help people with wheelchairs to be more prepared for disasters, while maximizing independence with a wide range of daily tasks.
Narrow doorways may restrict access with a wheelchair or walker. Widened doorways or doors that have swing clear hinges will allow those with mobility limitations to move easily between rooms and to exit the home if needed during a disaster. After widening doorways or installing the swing clear hinges, it may be necessary to place transition bars between different types of flooring or different levels to make it easier to move over thresholds.
Home Elevators and Stair Lifts
Home elevators and stair lifts may not be helpful in every disaster situation, such as when the power goes out, but can still be a worthy modification that helps in some situations. If a storm warning is issued and an individual with mobility challenges needs to reach the ground floor and evacuate quickly, an elevator or stair lift may be helpful. An elevator may also be helpful in moving medical devices and other necessities from a higher floor to the ground floor quickly for evacuation.
Ramps allow a person with mobility limitations to evacuate a home without assistance. This can be a lifesaver if the individual is home alone. If others are present, this can allow them to work on removing other necessities from the home while the individual with mobility limitations moves quickly out of harm’s way.
Keyless locks that are activated with a remote control or smartphone can make it easier for anyone to leave the home quickly without pause. For those with mobility limitations, keyless locks may make it possible to unlock the door easily in order to leave during a disaster to or to lock up after leaving to protect the home. This can help to keep both the home and its inhabitants safe.
If you are considering installing handicap accessibility modifications, call 855-352-2281 today. These modifications may be priceless if disaster strikes.