You want your home to feel comfortable and finding a property that caters to your health and well-being can be a huge priority!
According to US Senses Bureau report, over 12% of non-institutionalized Americans are living with a disability so it only begs the question, is your home set up to cater to your lifestyle? The average home may not be the right place for you. You might need to consider moving to a homeless design for your safety and your daily needs. Using a real estate agent that specializes in this type of accessible homes can also help get you started.
Of course, the Internet can provide a wealth of information but most of these listings will not actually tell you if the home will cater to a particular disability or not. Some housing options do allow you to search for handicap access or disability access but having an agent that is familiar with your type of need can make the process much easier and take the searching out of your hands. Even better, if you can find a home that was used by someone with similar needs, the less you’ll need to modify it once you move in.
Safety should always be your top priority so whether it’s wider halls, handlebars, or lower shelves and cabinets, finding a home that suits your specific needs are crucial but there are so many listings out there it can be daunting.
Sometimes you may not be able to find the home that features all the accessibility that you need but it can be turned into the right home with a little bit of work. For instance, if you’re unable to climb stairs and you can’t seem to find a house you love without stairs going into the house, a ramp can alleviate this difficulty. Wider doorways can make it easier to get around as well as having an open floor plan. Fewer hallways and walls mean that there are fewer obstacles to navigate around and look for design modifications such as grab bars in the bathroom or a walk-in shower with a bench instead of the step in tub.
I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed with this search but with the right resources and a good plan, you and your real estate agent can find the perfect home for your needs for both now and in the future.