A mature lady using a wheelie walker in her home

Accessibility Considerations for Your Granny Flat

A mature lady using a wheelie walker in her home

A granny flat is a great option for families intending to look after their parents as they age. Alternatively, your parent may be receiving care from an organisation or carer but if you’d like to have them closer to you for reasons of companionship, granny flats can provide these solutions.mensclub24.ru

For those considering adding a granny flat to their property, careful consideration of accessibility requirements will ensure your parent’s new home will meet their requirements now and into the future.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are a number of accessibility factors you will need to take into account:

Ramping it Up

When considering accessibility in terms of mobility, look at your granny flat in terms of whether someone in a wheelchair will be easily able to:

A slow rise ramp at the entrance to your granny flat will ensure it is accessible to your parent if they are in a wheelchair, use a wheelie walkers or have difficulty negotiating stairs.

There are building regulations and codes which govern ramp gradients, handrail heights, and landing configurations. For this reason it is best to work with a qualified builder who specialises in accessible granny flat designs for the elderly to ensure your design meets the specifications.

Lean On Me

Grab rails in the bathroom, toilet, and bedroom are a smart way to help your parent maintain their independence for as long as possible in carrying out their daily life. Handrails along the access ramp and in hallways are very helpful for anyone who may need additional support while walking or during periods of illness or when feeling tired.

Visual Clues

If your parents are visually impaired you may wish to consider using tactile ground surface indicators to show when they are approaching a ramp, a driveway or footpath, a change in ground or floor level, or a doorway.

When considering colour schemes you might want to consider using higher contrasting colours to highlight changes in surface areas, doorways, switches and electrical outlets or risk areas like stove tops and ovens.

Help for the Hearing Impaired

If your parent is hearing impaired you might want to consider some smart options for helping them in everyday life. Door lights, activated either through vibrations or electronically are a simple way to alert hearing impaired people when someone is at the door. Smoke alarms are a legal requirements and some come with flashing strobe lights or vibrate to alert hearing impaired people when there is danger of a fire.

With more options available to enable elderly Australians to maintain their independence, there is no reason why – with some forethought, planning and the right advice – you can’t have your loved one living longer, safer, and by your side.

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