If you have a disability, making home modifications can do a lot to boost your independence and improve your quality of life. The bedroom is one room where accessibility upgrades can be especially beneficial. Your bedroom should be a place where you can relax after a long day and wake up feeling refreshed and energized in the morning, so it’s important that you feel comfortable there. Disability Awareness shares some ways to make your bedroom safer and more accessible.
Paying for Accessibility Upgrades
Covering the costs of home accessibility upgrades can be challenging, especially if you’re making modifications to your entire home. Cash out refinancing is one way to pay for these renovations. According to a guide from PennyMac, cash out refinancing involves replacing your existing mortgage loan with a higher-balance loan and receiving the difference in cash. In many cases, this second loan has more favorable terms and a lower interest rate. People often use this cash to pay for home improvements that will increase their property value, so it may be a great option for your own home upgrades! Keep in mind that you can also get a tax credit for making certain renovations to your home, which can help offset some of the cost.
When making your home upgrades, it’s important to focus on your accessibility needs rather than your property value. That said, you will get more money back when you sell your home if you keep your future potential buyers in mind. Working with a good contractor will ensure your accessibility modifications are attractive and appealing, so you can recoup your investment when it comes time to sell. Well-done accessibility upgrades may even add value to your home!
Relocate the Bedroom
The location and size of your bedroom will have a significant impact on how easy it is to access and navigate. If you are in a wheelchair, make sure your bedroom is large enough that you can get around without bumping into furniture. Ideally, your bedroom would be on the first floor so you can avoid dealing with staircases every morning and night. If your bedroom is up a flight of stairs, consider installing a home stair lift or altering a room on the first floor to function as a bedroom. Try to choose a room that has a clear and easy path to a nearby bathroom. You can even install handrails between the two rooms to ensure safety when moving around at night.
Modify Bedroom Storage
Good storage solutions are important for reducing furniture and clutter that may get in the way of your wheelchair or present a tripping hazard in the bedroom. If you have dressers in the bedroom, ensure they are fastened securely to the wall so there is no chance of tip-overs. Make sure you can easily access all your storage. Avoid storing things under the bed or at the top of your closet since reaching or bending could cause injuries, particularly for seniors. Instead, try remodeling your closet for greater accessibility.
Modifying your storage solutions can be done by hiring a handyman contractor. You can find reliable handyman services through sites like Angi. Simply read customer testimonials and reviews to narrow down your choices. If you’re worried about affordability, check if any contractors are currently offering discounts or credits.
Upgrade Your Bed
According to The National Sleep Foundation, a comfortable and supportive bed is an important element of good sleep hygiene, and it can help you get the quality rest you need. If your mattress is old and sagging, consider investing in a new mattress or an adjustable bed. Depending on your disability, you may need a firmer or softer mattress, so do some research before shopping for a new bed. For example, Abilities.com suggests that people with joint pain tend to benefit from soft memory foam beds while individuals with scoliosis may need something firmer and more supportive.
Make sure your bed is at the same height as your wheelchair for the easiest time moving in and out of bed. You can install transfer aids like ceiling lifts or portable floor lifts to make this process even easier—Medicare might even help you cover the costs! You may also find that wall-mounted grab bars or bed rails are helpful for getting in and out of bed or adjusting your sleeping position during the night.
While these bedroom modifications can be pricey and time-consuming, they are well worth it for greater comfort and independence. Get started making accessibility upgrades so you can move about your bedroom easily and safely. Everyone deserves easy access to a rejuvenating sleep!
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