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Adapting Your Home’s Security System for Handicapped Individuals

Your home’s security system probably works well for healthy individuals, but there are surprising ways in which many homeowners fail to prepare their home for handicapped individuals. Romantic Senior Couple Hugging On Beach 160537986This is especially important if you have a handicapped family member or other person who lives in your home. There are ways that you can make their lives easier while not being a burden on yourself, and there are ways you can help them to be safe and protected without being a burden. One of the worst feelings a handicapped person experiences is feeling like a burden because they can’t do everything on their own. They should never have to feel this way, especially not in their own home. But even if you don’t have someone in your house who is handicapped, it may still be good to follow some of these tips for making your home security system friendly to these individuals, especially if you have children with handicapped friends or if you have extended family members who are handicapped.

Put in a Ramp to Your Front Door

Stairs are common walkways into homes, and while many of us don’t think twice about them, a wheelchair-bound individual is reminded every time he sees stairs that he can’t walk up them and is going to have to find another way in. So instead of leaving stairs there to present such problems, have a ramp installed. Ramps are ideal for providing a way in without needing assistance. Install one made of concrete, wood, or aluminum, and have a good grip to prevent slipping and a guard rail for hanging onto when needed.

Allow Enough Room for Movement in the Home

View on the modern living-room 163199926Wheelchairs are wider than we realize sometimes. It’s easy for one person to walk through a door while an individual in a wheelchair can’t fit both wheels through. So have your doorways widened if your homebound family member with a wheelchair can’t fit into all the rooms. And not only that, but keep room for movement elsewhere as well. You may want to rearrange the furniture in the living room, but don’t forget when you’re moving couches to take into account that the individual in the wheelchair will still want to get into the living room.

Install Handrails in the Bathroom

Public restrooms have handrails in one of their bathroom stalls for handicapped individuals to use. Why not do the same in yours? For the handicapped individual, handrails will help them balance, making it easier for them to use the toilet and the bathtub. Often, they’re already so dependent on you and those around them for so many needs that being able to do some things on their own makes a world of difference in their confidence. Giving them the tools to do daily tasks on their own will help them be independent without jeopardizing their safety.

Prepare and Practice an Emergency Plan

Fires and other serious situations can cause emergencies to happen in the home. It’s one thing to try to get everyone running out the door to safer ground, and it’s quite another to try to do so with an individual who is wheelchair bound or who is handicapped and can’t understand what is going on. So put together an emergency plan for such life threatening situations, make sure everyone is aware of that plan, and then practice the plan. It should have an easy escape route for all individuals, especially for those who may have the hardest time getting out (like those in wheelchairs).

Your home’s security system can be adapted to work for handicapped individuals. Mostly, improving your home security will mean taking into account any and all safety concerns. Make sure that they’re taken care of and that they can feel safe and secure in their own home.