19th June 2017 geri

Tips when planning your wheelchair accessible home

1. Level access to the accommodation is essential on front and back doors with no floor saddles or thresholds, or ramps.
2. Fire safety aspects of building design should be considered and advice obtained by suitably qualified architect or engineer.
3. Slip resistant floor covering required
4. Thermostatically controlled shower unit to be used with suitable anti scald temperature required.
5. Two way swing hinges or pivots are effective for wheelchair users.
6. Windows should be at a height of 600mm from floor level to allow a view of outside form bed or chair
7. In general a person requires a constant room temperature of approx 20 degrees
8. Switches/sockets need to be at a wheelchair accessible height

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