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For November 2017:

How to help renovators become more aware

There is never any shortage of suggestions for helping renovators to become more aware of things that they can do in order to make homes more usable and accessible. I have a few suggestions to help get you started.

  1. Make sure that counter tops in your kitchen and bathroom are easily reachable by those in wheelchairs and that counters are not made too wide.
  2. Place handles and knobs in positions that are easy to reach; especially by those in wheelchairs and be sure to have them in colors that are easy to distinguish. Additionally, these should be such that they are easy to grip.
  3. All doors and walls should be painted in colors that are easy to identify.
  4. Doorways and entrances should be wide enough to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.
  5. Switches on walls should be placed at heights that are easy to reach.
  6. Your objective should be to use enough contrasts to help dwellers to easily identify knobs, handles, and doors.
  7. Shelves should be placed at comfortable and reachable heights.
  8. Be sure to ensure that floors are skid proof and that bath tubs are equipped with skid proof rubber mats.

This should be a good base from which to build other features to enhance usability and accessibility.

Good luck!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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