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Free At Last: Changes To Your Home That Help With Mobility Issues

If you or someone else in your household suffers from mobility issues, you may want to make some fairly big changes to some areas of your house to create a safer and more mobility friendly environment. The kitchen and the bathroom are two of the rooms that may need the most work. Learn about some changes you can make in the bathroom and a few other areas below:

Install a walk-in shower or walk-in tub

If you currently have a regular bathtub in your bathroom, then you are well aware of how hard it can be to climb in and out of it if you have mobility issues. Once you get in the bathtub, you will also find it hard to sit down at ground level and to get back up from that low.

Installing a walk-in shower will allow you to walk right in to the shower. If possible, you may want to have a shower installed that has a seat in it so you can sit comfortably while you shower. If this isn't a possibility, you can also fit a shower chair in the shower to wash without the need to stand.

Installing a walk-in tub is a good option if you prefer to take baths over showers. The walk-in tub will offer you an appropriately sized door to walk through that seals tightly to keep the water in the tub when you shut it. It will also have a comfortable, non-slip seat and a non-slip floor, as well as a convenient handheld showerhead.

Install a top load dishwasher

When you have a front load dish washer, it can be extremely hard for you to load and unload your dishes if you have back, neck or shoulder problems. Replacing it with a top load dishwasher will allow you to put your dishes in and take them out without needing to bend over as far or to reach as far forward, which can cause you pain.

Install a stackable clothes washer and drier set

Doing laundry is another chore that can be hard for you when you have issues that affect the way you move. A stackable set will sit higher so you can do your clothes in a much easier manner.

Once you decide on the changes you want to make, a general contractor can come out and help you with any plumbing or electrical changes that need to be made to accommodate the installation of your new equipment. They can also take care of the installation process for you.  

Contact a company like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc for more help.