Moving can be a challenging process. If you require special considerations, you may feel particularly overwhelmed. With thoughtful preparations, your move will be a successful and positive experience.
Home selection. Choosing an appropriate home is the first step in a successful move. Those with physical limitations will need to evaluate their specific needs, but generally speaking there are certain aspects that can make a house more accessible. Consider the following elements for a more accessible home:
● Some experts recommend doorways are a minimum of thirty-six inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs; forty-two inches wide is even better to allow a freer passthrough.
● Ramps allow easier access to homes where mobility is impaired. Consider installing a ramp in the garage. Creating an L-shaped ramp can minimize how much space is required. Installing a reconditioned lift can also allow access if space is tight.
● Thresholds throughout the home should be minimized or removed, and one-floor living is ideal.
● Install a curbless shower in the bathroom and lever-style faucet handles for ease of use. Adding a mirror that tilts can be beneficial. Also one suggestion is to opt for sinks mounted to the wall so wheelchairs can slide under them.
●Consider light switches and outlets with high contrast for easier visibility. Install switches and outlets at an appropriate height for users.
● For parents with hearing limitations, install a glass wall to allow easier monitoring of children.
● Technology adds tremendous flexibility. According to Fortune, some people with disabilities are using apps for controlling lighting, window coverings, televisions, thermostats and ceiling fans.
● Voice-activated devices simplify life for those with vision and mobility limitations.
● Motion sensors are a worthwhile consideration, and doorbells can be outfitted with video systems that feed into smartphones.
Funding options. There are several options to explore if you require financial assistance with your move. Some experts suggest listing the specifics you will need help with, such as hiring a moving service, building a ramp, and making other home modifications. Bankrate notes that depending on your situation, there is financing available from a variety of organizations such as:
● The Department of Housing and Urban Development
● The Social Security Administration
● Habitat for Humanity
● Fannie Mae
● State agencies, nonprofit organizations, and veterans programs
Moving assistance. It’s important to select an appropriate professional moving company to assist with your transition. Do your research and choose a company with experience in moving people with disabilities. Some professionals offer packing and unpacking services as well, so explore your options carefully. Check out sites like HireAHelper to find affordable moving and packing services in your area.
Moving tips. If you plan to do packing and unpacking yourself, organization is the key. Pack everything you can ahead of time. Some experts suggest color coding boxes to help make unpacking go more smoothly. Choose a single color for each room and put stickers or labels on the boxes so it’s easy to eyeball them and know where they should go. Set aside a special box or two of items you need the first night in your new home, including things like sheets, toiletries, some cleaning supplies, a towel and nightlight. Be sure to oversee the unloading of boxes into your new home, and insist that like items are placed together. In other words, a bookcase should be placed with the shelves, brackets, and hardware alongside.
Smooth transition. Planning a move isn’t easy, but with some forethought you can make it go well. Choose a home that will meet your needs, and get financial assistance if your situation requires it. Organize your move carefully and select an appropriate moving service. With good preparations your move will be a smooth and successful transition!
A big thank you to Patrick Young for authoring and submitting this article!
Visit Patrick’s website, ABLE USA, for more tips and advice.