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Lifeway Mobility Blog

Holiday Home Access "Visitability"

Posted by John Burfield on 12/18/17 10:10 AM

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For those who are hosting family and friends in your home this holiday season, you may want to consider increasing your home’s visitability. The term visitibility refers to homes designed so that that it can be visited by people with mobility issues who may use aides such as wheelchairs or walkers. Visitability is a growing trend nationwide, and has 3 basic requirements.

  • At least one zero-step entrance
  • Doors with 32 inches of clear passage space
  • One bathroom on the main floor you can get into in a wheelchair

While you may not be able to add a bathroom prior to your guest’s arrival, there are things that can be done to improve your home’s visitability. They include:

  • Clear wide passages and salt/sand driveways and walkways
  • Remove all area rugs for duration of visit
  • Rent a ramp(s) for easy access to stairs or thresholds
  • Install grab bars or a Super Pole for balance and stability
  • Rent a commode for guest bedroom or a toilet seat riser for bathroom if necessary
  • Add extra lights or night lights for visibility

Topics: Accessibility, Aging-In-Place, Safety, Universal Design, Wheelchair