Age In Place Home Design & Accessibility Solutions
“Aging in place” means choosing to stay in your home even if it means making it handicap accessible, instead of moving to a single level house or senior living facility. As we get older, the simple task of walking from room to room can become a strenuous chore. When this happens, there is often a choice to be made. Whether you are just preparing for the future or you find yourself more troubled each day, an accessible home design is worth considering.
The professional home accessibility consultants at IRC are happy to assist with your transition to safe, worry-free living. At your free consultation, your consultant will listen to your needs, assess your current floor plan, and work with you to determine the best course of action. We will do everything we can to help you live your best life without leaving the home you know and love.
ADA Compliant Residential Bathroom Layout & Products
ADA requirements only apply to the commercial sector, but many homeowners and contractors find it beneficial to follow the ADA Standards for Accessibility Design. Working within pre-established guidelines can save a lot of time. Since bathroom retrofits are complex to begin with, it only makes sense.
We can build a new bathroom addition or modify your current bathroom these ADA compliant bathroom services to make it easier and safer for you to move about your home:
ADA Compliant Bathroom Accessories
We can install any or all of these ADA approved bathroom safety accessories to make you feel more comfortable and reduce the risk of slips and falls:
- Permanent shower seats
- Removable shower chairs and benches
- Half-height shower doors for caregiver access
- Grab bars, security poles, and safety rails
- Comfort height toilets and toilet seat risers
- Handheld shower heads and touchless faucets
- Easy open door hardware and locks
Accessible Bathroom Remodeling for Elderly and Disabled Individuals
- Handicap accessible bathroom layout
- Walk-in safety tub installation
- Low threshold step-through bathtub conversion
- Low threshold shower replacement
- Non-slip bathroom flooring installation
Wheelchair Accessible Modifications for Your Home
We also offer wheelchair accessible home improvement services for your bathroom, as well as other areas of your home:
- Wheelchair accessible bathroom design
- Barrier-free roll-in shower installation
- Wheelchair accessible vanity cabinets and sinks
- Custom built wheelchair ramps
- Wider doorways with shorter thresholds
- Lower countertop height
Easy Access Safety Tubs
Oftentimes, those with limited mobility struggle more in the bathroom than any other area of the house. If you are concerned for the safety of yourself or a loved one, a walk-in tub is a great solution. The experts at Illinois Remodeling Consultants can even coordinate with your insurance company to help cover the cost of your handicap accessible tub. These are just a few reasons why our customers choose our safety tubs and accessible showers:
- Low entrance step for easy access
- Grab bar and seat to reduce the risk of slips and falls
- Minimal cleaning and maintenance required
- Large selection of colors and features for style and functionality
- Healthy addon options, such as hydrotherapy
Most importantly, a walk-in safety tub installation will allow you or your family member to maintain a sense of independence by reducing the need for nursing care or other assistance.
Bathtub Conversion Kits
In addition to bathtub replacements, our expert safety tub installers can make accessibility modifications to your current tub, so it is safer to enter and easier to use. These updates will take less time to complete and save you quite a bit of money. We offer convenient walk-in and roll-in tub conversion options, along with safety accessories, to meet your needs. If you’re handy, these bathtub conversion kits are relatively easy to install on your own. If not, the pros at IRC can install it for you, along with other handicap accessories you may have.
Accessible Home Improvement Assistance Resources in Illinois
Disability Housing Grants for Veterans helps service members who were disabled during active duty to buy an accessible home or modify their current residence.
FHA Section 203(k) Loan Program to finance a house and complete accessibility renovations.
Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants Program may be able to help, as long as you have a mortgage and are at least 62 years old.
Illinois Community Care Program (CCP) provides assistance to low income seniors at risk of needing state funded long term care.
Advocates for Access in Peoria Heights IL is a local organization which may be able to find additional assistance, resources, and opportunities.
Handicap Accessible Home FAQs
Can I make my home handicap accessible?
If you have a newer home with an open floor plan, your chances are pretty good. Nowadays, most homes are built with handicap accessibility in mind in accordance with the 7 Universal Design Principles. That wasn’t always the case though. Many older homes require a few standard adjustments to become fully accessible, but not all. In general, the only way to know for sure is to have a home accessibility contractor measure and get a good look at the lay of the land.
Are wheelchair accessible homes worth more?
If you live in a community with a large population of elderly and disabled people, an accessible home is sure to fetch a higher price on the market. If not, it will come down to what was modified and expenses for reversal. The long and short of it is, you should probably avoid extreme modifications if you don’t actually need them.
What door width is needed for a wheelchair?
According to ADA guidelines, a wheelchair accessible doorway should be no less than 32” wide.
What does the ADA do and who does it protect?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a civil rights law created to make sure people with disabilities are given a fair and equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy everyday life.