Home Accessibility / HANDICAP MODIFICATIONS

We offer home modifications, renovations, and new construction for home accessibility and aging in place.

Our work integrates safety and functionality with comfort and beauty. 

Before returning home after requiring a hospital stay home modifications can make a home more safe and accessible. We begin with an in-home assessment that includes a recommendation for short term modifications, and an estimate of costs.

When you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) contractor, you are buying a professional service in addition to the actual modifications.

Our Approach to Home Accessibility Is Unique…

With hands-on experience in long-term care and forward-thinking, we understand Home Safety and Patient Care at Home.

Common Fixes / handicap accessiblE

Empowering Individuals to Live in Place

Here are a few of the common modifications that we can do for home accessibility:

Tubs, Showers, and Toilets

The Problem:

Getting out of a bathtub isn’t easy. Wet steps and tubs below floor level increase the risk of a slip and fall accident. 80% falls that seniors have occurred in the bathroom, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

The Fix:

Replace tubs with a walk-in shower that’s accessible to wheelchairs. Place grab bars at the entryway and back wall. Add a grab bar next to the toilet to get on and off the toilet without strain. Higher toilets can also increase accessibility.

Threshold

The Problem:

Uneven floor surfaces may increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. This includes sudden changes of flooring (carpet to hardwood floor, for example) and thresholds. Even six inches can feel like a mountain to seniors in a wheelchair or adults with a disability.

The Fix:

Even out flooring or install consistent flooring throughout the home. Removable wheelchair ramps can offer smooth transitions in and out of the home. If a ramp would be too steep, a lift may be a better option.

Stairs & Home Accessibility

The Problem:

Even with a railing, stairs pose a huge risk for serious falls. They are often a hurdle for seniors with limited mobility or balance. Carpeting on stairs makes this worse. And lighting in this area often fails to properly illuminate steps and transition areas.

The Fix:

Stair lifts, glides, or additional handrails can make steps easier. Consider replacing or installing new lighting for seniors who have limited vision.

Floors

The Problem:

Tile flooring quickly becomes slippery in the bathroom or kitchen. Adding rugs or other flooring to alleviate the problem can cause uneven walkways, which continue to pose problems for seniors with limited mobility.

The Fix:

Add rubber backing to rugs for a more solid floor. Look into floor treatments or peel-and-stick traction slips that permanently remove the risk of slipping and falling.

Lighting

The Problem:

Poor lighting is all too common in many areas of the home. For seniors with limited vision, poor lighting can severely increase the risk of missing trip hazards and thresholds.

The Fix:

Look for opportunities to install more lighting in corners and throughout walkways. LED bulbs are brighter than traditional bulbs and do not require constant replacement.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Problem:

Over half of all seniors require a wheelchair to assist with mobility. Not all homes are built with wheelchair-accessibility in mind.

The Fix:

Look out for lips and thresholds throughout the house that limit wheelchair access. Measure doorways and other entries. Increase the width when needed.

Live in Place Designs /Contact Info

Address
11 Vineyard Ln, South Brunswick Township,
New Jersey 08852

Email

info@liveinplacedesigns.com
Phone number
908-377-0703
Business hours
Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm,
Sat. 10 am – 4 pm