Accessible Homes for All: Nest’s Guide to Housing for People with Disabilities
A home should be a place of refuge, where you can find solace and peace after a long day. It should also be a place where you are comfortable in your own skin, no matter what your abilities or disabilities may be. In honor of Disability Awareness Month, Nest is highlighting accessible homes for all. Here, you will find information on providers of accessible housing as well as tips on how to make your home more disability-friendly. We hope that this guide will help to make the dream of homeownership a reality for everyone!
Providing Accessible Homes
Finding accessible housing can be a challenge, but there are providers that specialize in disability-friendly homes. These providers work with the local government, developers and other organizations to ensure that people with disabilities have access to quality homes they can afford. Some of these providers include:
• Accessible Solutions: This provider specializes in providing housing for individuals who require special accommodations due to their physical or mental disabilities. They offer a wide range of services from locating suitable properties and helping with the financing process to outfitting properties with accessibility features such as ramps, grab bars, lowered countertops and appliance modifications.
• HomeShare4All: This organization helps match those who need accessible housing with those who have property available for rent or sale. They provide both short- and long-term housing solutions to ensure people with physical or mental disabilities get the quality, safe and affordable home they need.
• Home Modification Solutions: This provider offers a suite of services to help individuals modify their homes to accommodate their disability. These services include installing ramps, widening doorways, adding special bathroom fixtures and making other modifications that enable individuals with disabilities to move around safely and comfortably in their own home.
Making Homes More Accessible
In addition to seeking out providers who specialize in accessible housing, there are also some steps you can take to make your current home more disability-friendly. Here are four tips for making your home more accessible:
• Invest in Home Automation: Home automation allows you to control lights, appliances and other electronics with a smartphone or voice command. This can make it easier for those with limited mobility to access the items they need without having to physically move around the home.
• Install Grab Bars: Installing grab bars in areas such as bathrooms and stairways can provide extra security and support for individuals who may have difficulty balancing. Grab bars also help reduce slips, trips, and falls by providing added stability when getting up from a seated position or navigating slippery surfaces.
• Invest in Accessible Furniture: Investing in furniture that is designed for people with disabilities can be beneficial for those who may have difficulty bending down or reaching certain items within the home. Specialized furniture pieces, such as those with adjustable height tables and lower shelving units, are designed to make the home more comfortable for individuals with physical limitations.
• Add Ramps: Installing a ramp in your home can provide an easier way to access stairs or other areas of the house that may be difficult to reach. It can also help individuals who use wheelchairs navigate around the home more easily.
At Nest, we believe that everyone should have access to a safe and accessible home regardless of their ability level. We hope this guide has helped you to understand the importance of seeking out disability-friendly homes as well as some tips on how to make your current home more accessible. If you have any additional questions about housing for people with disabilities