One of the first things you can do to aid accessibility is widen doorways. Doorways, especially in older buildings, are often not wheelchair or walker friendly. This can present a major problem for basic mobility around the house. Another common problem is a lip at the threshold. Trying to get a wheelchair up and over them may not be difficult when someone is pushing your chair, but if a person must do it themselves it can prove to be a difficult and often dangerous task.
Another thing you can do is modify or get rid of any stairs you have. If you are renting out a two floor home, look into the installation of a chair lift. If there is a specific resident that is asking for this, you may even be able to split the cost with them depending on the situation. If your floor plan has two or three stairs to get from one room to another, contact a contractor and see if there is anything that can be done to make them more handicap accessible. It is a lot of work, but it should help you in the long run and will allow you to advertise as accessible.
With the number of senior citizens growing, it’s no surprise that more and more are looking for places to settle. Most people don’t want to go to a nursing home and many families don’t want to send their loved ones there until necessary. While many older residents are fine living on their own, they still may need some accommodations due to any number of reasons. It can only help you to create a fully accessible residence.