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Sinks can be installed to allow wheel chair access. Vanity cabinets can be removed from below the sink so that a person in a wheelchair can roll up directly and fit their legs comfortably underneath the sink.
This will expose the plumbing pipes requiring covering with insulation or boxed in to prevent contact with sharp edges and burns by hot water pipes so care must be taken.
Pedestal style sinks can provide a little more room to manoeuvre, but can be difficult to use from a wheelchair and are usually a couple of inches higher than the standard vanity top.
Extended levers on the taps also allows for easy use.
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.