How can I make my living areas more accessible?

There are several ways you can make your living areas more accessible:
  • Make sure there is 5.5 feet between furniture pieces to provide easy access for someone using a walker, wheelchair, or scooter; this is also helpful for those with poor vision.
  • Place furniture in a way so that the backs of heavy pieces can provide support or give you a place to pause to rest or to adjust to a change in light levels.
  • Keep low tables and anything with sharp edges out of the path of travel or cover them with bright towels or tablecloths to help them be seen and to cushion sharp edges.
  • Place the television on a swivel base or rolling cart so that it can be moved to see the picture better.
  • Raise a favorite chair, if it is too low, to get in or out of easily.
  • Purchase rubber, plastic, or wooden leg risers to raise low furniture up a few inches.
  • Build a box platform for recliners or other chairs (without legs). The box platform should be 4 to 5 inches high and have a raised rim (about one-half inch) on the sides and back to keep the chair from slipping or sliding off the platform.
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