Door Openers for disabilities

4 Ways an Automatic Door Opener Can Make Your Home More Accessible

Door Openers

If you or your loved one are finding ways to live in your home despite mobility issues, installing an automatic door opener may be a huge solution for easier entry and access. If you are using a manual or powered wheelchair, power scooter, walker, knee scooter, or cane, you already know what a challenge opening and going through doors can be. You either have to finagle ways to attempt your way through a door, hoping it won’t close in the midst of your passing through—or wait for someone to open and hold the door for you. An Automatic Door Opener can be the simple solution you are looking for. Here are just four ways a door opener can open up your world for you:

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Independence

You can simply push a button and the Automatic Door Opener will open up, pause to give you time to safely pass through, then slowly close behind you. There is no longer the need to wait for someone else to hold the door for you. This may mean you can live more independently, coming and going as you please. Automatic Door Openers can be installed on both exterior and interior doors, making it easy to move freely throughout your own home without assistance.

Security

An Automatic Door Opener can unlatch a locked door, as well as open it for you. After passing smoothly through the open door, it closes behind you and locks again. You can count on the safety and security of these commercial-grade auto door openers. Where there is no door opener, after struggling to get through, you still have to turn around and try to close and lock the door. What a sense of relief and peace to know you can simply push a button to unlock, open, pass through, and the door will close and lock behind you.

Customized Access

The remotes control access can be customized depending on your particular disability. The “Open” button can be installed on a nearby wall or post. A remote with buttons can also be attached to the users’ wheelchair. There are other options if hands cannot be used for the remote controls.

Multiple Uses

An Automatic Door Opener can be used on more than just the front door. One can be installed to open a gate, garage or shed door, a bedroom door, or office. Wherever there is a door in your home that is an obstacle for you or your loved one with any type of mobility challenge, An Automatic Door Opener can be used to make it easy to glide through any doorway. It is another important accessibility tool.

home modifications for disabilities

Home Modifications for the Disabled

home modifications for disabilities

There may need to be some changes made in your present home to accommodate the use of a wheelchair. Often a few simple changes can make life so much easier and allows the disabled person using the wheelchair to be as independent as possible. These modifications can be as simple as installing grab bars in the bathroom or as detailed as building an attached apartment for the person in the
wheelchair or possibly for their caregiver. These modifications could be temporary if the patient is expected to regain strength and use of legs, or the changes to your home may need to be more permanent to provide long-term accessibility for someone with more permanent disabilities. Here a few possible Home modifications to consider when planning for a child, adult or aging person who uses a wheelchair to move around:

  • Install lever faucet handles which can be easily reached to flip on/off instead of turning a knob on/off by twisting.
  • Put in grab bars to help with safe movement in the bath and by the toilet. Grab bars can even be installed to assist in getting out of bed.
  • Use automatic door openers so the person in a wheelchair can use controls to open doors. These automatic openers can be used for interior and exterior doors, as well as gates.
  • In some cases, doorways need to be widened for easier passage through with a wheelchair. You can place a threshold ramp over a rough or bumpy threshold to make for smooth passage.
  • Wheelchair ramps are one of the most common modifications where there is a change in elevation. They are available in various materials, for residential and commercial use and allow easy entrance and exit.
  • Increase lighting and remove throw rugs to reduce falls.
  • Consider putting in a security system to protect and to be able to call for help if needed.
  • Where existing stairs make certain areas inaccessible to the person in a wheelchair, you can install a stairlift, an inclined platform lift or a Vertical Platform Lift which is also referred to as a Wheelchair elevator.
  • Kitchen counters can be lowered for easier access for the person in a wheelchair or a Jazzy Air Chair can be used that raises and lowers the person in the actual wheelchair.
  • Walk-in tubs, and transfer benches and lifts can all be considered to make bath time easier and safer.

When considering home modifications to make life more accessible for a disabled person in a wheelchair, remember aging and some diseases are progressive. So plan modifications remembering that what they can do today might not be a capability 5-10 years from now. It is helpful to have an Occupational Therapist or an accessibility professional evaluate your home for your particular needs. There are a lot of changes that will make life so much easier in your own home.