Adapting Your Home to Maximize MobilityBy Fleishman, Sandra; Washington Post,
Publication Date: February 18, 2006
Article discusses home adaptations to accommodate people with disabilities. Figures quoted from Easter Seals show more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities, an aging population to reach 70 million by 2030, and baby boomers wanting homes in which they can grow old as an alternative to assisted living. Accessibility barriers in standard homes identified include doorways and hallways too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs, and bathrooms too small to allow the five-foot circle a wheelchair needs to make a turn. Factors to consider when modifying an existing home for accessibility cited include the needs of the disabled person, the extent of the disability, and the space and budget available. For example, the price of renovating a bathroom to make it accessible can range from $8,000 to $15,000. Home-remodeling resources quoted include “The Do-Able Renewable Home,” published by AARP, a guide to accessible design published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and a pamphlet, “Easy Living With Universal Design,” published by an Aging Committee set up by officials in Virginia’s Prince William County. Overall, architects and home owners quoted concur that it is cheaper to build in accessibility from the start than to redo an older home.
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