Questions to Answer Before Getting Home Modifications

If you or someone you know is an elderly or disabled person that is considering having home modifications done on their home, there are certain things you should consider before you jump right into the modification process. You need to go through every room of your house and evaluate both your current needs as well as your future needs. If you are not sure of exactly what those needs might entail, a reputable home modification company will come out and access your needs for you.

Below are some questions you may need to ask yourself or the person that has specific needs. Remember that these questions should be based on what your present and your future needs may be.

Kitchens and Bathrooms
Are the cabinet doorknobs easy to use?
Are the cabinets at a height that is easy to access?
Are stove controls easy to operate and clearly marked?
Can the refrigerator be opened easily?
Do you need grab bars to aid in getting around safely in the bathroom?
Is the toilet seat too low?
Can you get into the shower or tub safely and easily?
Is the kitchen counter at a good height for you?
Is the water temperature at a safe temperature to prevent scalding or burning?
Can you sit down while working in the kitchen?
Would a dishwasher, trash compactor, or garbage disposal benefit you?
Would a seat in the shower and a hand held shower head help you?

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Doors and Windows
Are your doors and windows easy to open and close?
Are your doors wide enough for a wheelchair to get through?
Is the step down or step up at the entrance of your home a problem?
Is there enough space for you to move around while opening or closing your door?
Are your door locks sturdy enough? Are they easy to operate?

Closets and Storage
Are your closets in a convenient location?
Are the shelves at a good height for you?
Do you have enough space?
Are they lighted well?

Floors
Are the floors all the same level?
If not. Are all of the step ups or step downs marked or distinguishable?
Do you have rugs that could cause a fall?
Are your floors slippery in some areas?

Lighting
Do you have night-lights where they are needed?
Is each room bright enough to see well enough to ensure safety?

Stairways
Are your stairs big enough for your whole foot?
Are there handrails on both sides of the stairs?
Would a ramp on the outside of your home be beneficial?
Would a stair lift be a good idea to install in your home?

Electrical Outlets and Switches
Are light switches easy to turn on and off?
Are electrical outlets easily accessible?
Are outlets properly grounded?
Are extension cords in good condition?

Safety Devices
Do you have working smoke detectors throughout your home?
Do you have an alarm system?
Is your telephone easily accessible?
Would it be a good idea to have a device that you could wear to call someone in case of an emergency?

These questions will help you know what modifications are needed to make your home a more convenient, more comfortable, and safer place to live.

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