There are millions of people with disabilities, and they need homes that are accessible to their needs. Many traditional housing options do not have the necessary conversions to accommodate people with special needs. The goal is to make the required changes so that residents can enter the building, apartment, and move around comfortably and without obstacles.
Smart landlords can attract a wealth of potential tenants by making their rental homes and apartments handicap and wheelchair accessible. Rental companies should do more to help modify a certain percentage of their properties so that elderly and disabled residents can live comfortably and independently.
Tips on Making an Apartment Handicap Accessible
Consider ground floor apartments with a wheelchair ramp and increase the width of doorways to accommodate standard wheelchairs and walkers with ease. Doorways should also have smooth flat thresholds instead of a doorstop so that scooters, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs can get through the entrance safely and without hesitation.
Bath and shower updates should be made including single lever faucets that are easier to control, raised toilets to make it easier for people to move from their scooters and wheelchairs safely, and handicap-accessible tub and showers specially designed so that residents can comfortably step in and sit for baths or showers. Bathrooms should be larger rooms and spacious as well so that people can maneuver around comfortably in wheelchairs.
Kitchens should be updated as well to include lowered countertops and cabinets within reach.
Apartments should also have a personal alarm system for emergencies to give residents peace of mind. Personal alarm systems can be life-saving in an emergency where the resident cannot reach his or her phone quickly to call for help. These alarm systems connect directly to a medical services call center so that the resident can get an immediate response when calling for help.
It is important to note that apartments that have been modified must meet ADA requirements.
Because there are fewer handicap accessible apartments for people with disabilities, landlords must consider and welcome people who need them. By expanding apartment complexes to include these modern-day necessities, landlords can lead the way in a growing market. Apartment owners and landlords can cater to this ever-increasing population of people by remodeling apartments so that they meet their particular needs.