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What are some general home accessibility guidelines?

To accommodate a wheelchair, scooter, or walker:
  • Hallways should be 42 to 48 inches wide to keep from scraping knuckles or damaging walls.
  • A 5-foot circle is required to turn a wheelchair or walker around. A space that is longer than wider (63 × 56 inches) may be even better. (The turning radius of your wheelchair or mobility device should be your guide.)
  • Doorways should be 32 to 36 inches wide.
  • Raise electrical outlets to 18 inches from the floor.
  • Lower light switches, thermostats, and so on to 36 to 44 inches from the floor.
  • Install grab bars 1.25 to 1.5 inches in diameter, with 1.5 inches from any obstruction such as a wall.
  • Grab bars and railings should be mounted into studs and support a minimum of 250 pounds.
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