Access for people with disabilities isn’t just a nice to have it’s imperative. Having good access can be life changing, increasing independent living and quality of life. Over the years Mint North West has helped many people gain better access around the home to improve and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
We all know that sometimes using stairs, getting in the bath, having a shower can prove a little challenging at times, as we get older we all start to feel the general day to day tasks becoming a little more difficult. Of course if you have a disability these general day to day tasks can often prove impossible irrespective of age, stairs are always tough or impossible, climbing into a bath or using a shower a nightmare and often very dangerous.
Being unable to carry out these daily routines and have good access around the home ensures greater dependency, can reduce self esteem and in turn provides a poor quality of life for those who have the access issues. We’ve found that in many cases it’s not the disability that makes it hard for people to cope it’s the lack of independence and the hurdles that need to be over come to live a more autonomous life.
People with disabilities need to consider more than you think.
The list of things people with disabilities need to consider when it comes where they live is often more extensive than many first think. Recently the Choices & Rights Disability Coalition published a check list put together following discussion between disabled people, housing officers and occupational therapists. Some of the points identified were by disabled people, who had learned the “hard way” from their experiences of living in properties that were not always accessible. The list included:
- Is the footpath/gate wide enough if you use a wheelchair or mobility aid?
- Can you access your dustbin?
- Can you get a wheely bin to the collection point?
- Is the entrance accessible for you and well lit?
- Which way are the doors hung: do these pose any access difficulties?
- Are there sufficient electrical points?
- Can you reach/access all gas and electrical controls?
- Is it easy to get around the property? If you use a wheelchair can you turn easily?
- Is the bathroom and toilet accessible and usable?
- Can you use the taps in the property?
These are just few items from the list, if nothing else they illustrate just the type of issues people with disabilities can face regarding access around the home.
Mint North West understand access for people with disabilities.
Our team of professionals, trades people and craftsmen work with people with disabilities every day to help over come many of the hurdles. We help take down the barriers to help improve access for people with disabilities, facilitating gain greater autonomy, independence and ultimately a better quality of life in their own homes. From widening doors, to walk in bathrooms, access ramps to adaptations for kitchens, we have the skill, experience and expertise to help.
From start to finish the team at Mint North West are dedicated to ensuring we make the whole process as easy as possible.
If you have access issues around your home, why struggle any more, why settle for making do when you can adapt your home in many small or significant ways to help you gain the independent living you deserve.
Call our friendly and experienced team today for a no obligation chat about your needs and requirements