Mobility Express of Georgia
Georgia’s leading supplier of scooters, power chairs, walkers, chair lifts, and manual wheelchairs for people with limited mobility.
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Home Modification

Mobility Express offers Home Modifications For The Elderly or Disabled

Changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely are the basis of Home Modification. Mobility Express of GA prides itself on our expertise in the identification of the areas of need and solutions. These modifications may include making structural changes to a home or adding assistive technology. Modifications that we offer can range from something as simple as replacing cabinet handles and doorknobs with pull handles to full-scale construction projects that require installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways.
Examples of home modifications that Mobility Express may address include:

  • Handheld, flexible shower heads
  • Seamless walk in showers
  • Grab bars including bathtub, shower, and toilet areas.
  • Staircase handrails on both sides of the staircase and on the outside steps
  • Faucets that are lever-operated for ease in turning on and off
  • Sliding or revolving shelves for the inside of cabinets throughout the house

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS FOR  HOME MODIFCATIONS?
The main benefit of making home modifications is the prevention of falls and other accidents. In addition, the modification helps to facilitate, prolong and promote independence. A recent AARP housing survey, stated that "83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives."  Additional studies show that most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of the aging population.
 
In particular, of concern are the people living in homes that are more than 20 years old. As these homes get older along with their residents, they may become harder to live in. A house that was perfectly suitable may now have too many stairs or slippery surfaces for a person who is becoming less steady on his/her feet. Research by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that home modifications and repairs may prevent 30% to 50% of all home accidents among seniors, including falls, that take place in these older homes.
 
HOW CAN I BEGIN PLANNING FOR HOME MODIFCATIONS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR ME?
The best way to begin planning for home modifications is by defining the basic terms used and asking some simple questions. A Mobility Express representative can come to your home to review your specific areas, identify needs and solutions .

According to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), home modifications should improve the following features of a home:

  • Accessibility. Improving accessibility means making doorways wider, clearing spaces to make sure a wheelchair can pass through, lowering countertop heights for sinks and kitchen cabinets, installing grab bars, and placing light switches and electrical outlets at heights that can be reached easily. This remodeling must comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines, and American National Standards Institute regulations for accessibility. The work must also conform to state and local building codes.
  • Adaptability. Adaptability features are changes that can be made quickly to accommodate the needs of seniors or disabled individuals without having to completely redesign the home or use different materials for essential fixtures. Examples include installing grab bars on bathroom walls and movable cabinets under the sink so that the space can be used by someone in a wheelchair.
  • Universal Design. Universal design features are usually built into a home when the first blueprints or architectural plans are drawn. These features include appliances, fixtures, and floor plans that are easy for all people to use, flexible enough so that they can be adapted for special needs, sturdy and reliable, and functional with a minimum of effort and understanding of the mechanisms involved.
  • Visitability. Visitability features include home modifications for seniors who may want to entertain disabled guests or who wish to plan ahead for the day when they may require some extra help in getting around their own homes. For example, installing a ramp to the front door of a house and remodeling the hallways and rooms to allow wheelchair access would make a home easier to visit for disabled family members or friends. Such changes may also give seniors a head start on home modifications they may need later in their lives.

 

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