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Disabled Access & ADA Home Retrofitting

 

For many older people who are disabled or have mobility concerns, there is a strong desire to remain in the existing home. To do this, there is a certain degree of retrofitting that needs to be done to accommodate the person with the disability and to make a home more ADA compliant.

Before having any construction work done, the exact needs should be determined. This includes determining which specific rooms and areas need attention. In doing this, the homeowner is able to get a basic idea of what they would like to accomplish.

It is generally best to have a licensed contractor do the work for home retrofitting. This person should be familiar with ADA rules and regulations when it comes to home building. The contractor should be able to take the ideas of the homeowner and translate this into several different plans that can be chosen. The contractor should also offer options and alternatives that look towards the future. If the homeowner is not currently in a wheelchair but may be at a future point, looking into increasing doorway widths may be a good idea. If the work is going to be done by a contractor, it is best to take care of existing needs as well as planning for any future ones.

Finally, the budget of the homeowner will factor into the work that can be accomplished. This may mean that not all work can be accomplished at once, but there may need to be a plan for having the work done over a period of years. Also, there may be financial assistance and funding that is available when it comes to ADA home retrofitting.

Being able to stay in one's home and comfortably move around the house is important to many elderly people. With ADA home retrofitting, this can easily be accomplished.