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In order to accommodate a standard width wheelchair, doorways should be a minimum of 32" wide. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you'll need a 36" door.
It can be difficult to open a swinging door without a clear floor space (18-24") on the pull side of the door. An alternative, if costs allow, can be the installation of an automatic door opener.
Additional door clearance can be economically obtained by using the swing clear, expandable door, offset door hinges, increasing the width by about 50mm, and is often enough to provide the necessary minimum width for a wheelchair or walker to pass through the doorway.
What makes a home handicap and wheelchair accessible?
Put simply, the ability to enter and move around without obstacles such as steps and narrow doors. Bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen are wheelchair accessible. Everyone's needs are different, so plan to suit your individual requirements and physical limitations.
The demand for accessible housing will increase in future years as the elderly become a larger share of our population. Independent living and the ability to take care of ourselves allows us to remain active and depend less on others.
Making your home accessible with simple home modifications, such as swing away hinges, can improve your lifestyle and the ability to live at home.
Move or improve?
Most of us would choose to live and retire in our own home rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living centre.
Your home can be adapted and modified to accommodate your individual needs, physical capabilities and conditions. Your house can become more accessible with a few minor home modifications.
Disabled Facilities Grants
Local council grants can help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when it is considered that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
A grant can be used for adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and/or to provide essential facilities within it.