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Mods for children with disabilities can be a game-changer. Some of the most useful ones make your child’s life easier and more manageable while keeping much-needed dignity.
Install Support Rails
Support rails are one of the simplest yet most effective home modifications. Many disabilities, such as blindness and mobility problems, can make navigating the home challenging or transitioning from inside to outside. Support rails provide a means of helping support weight and creating a safer space. However, any support rails you install must be of superior quality for the best results. The rails themselves need to be durable. But the fittings, such as key clamps, must be well-made to accommodate different angles and fit pieces securely to each other.
Add Ramps for Easier Access
Another simple yet practical addition to a home for disabled children is ramping. A ramp is an excellent modification for helping kids with walking problems that may or may not require devices like a wheelchair. Additionally, they make it much easier for support workers or parents to pushchairs, which can be very heavy. However, because of the associated weight of some wheelchair devices, it isn’t as simple as placing a ramp at the door. Too sharp an angle can make it challenging to use. So they must be expertly installed as gangways of varying grades.
Mods for Children with Disabilities Include Smart Devices
Smart technology has come a long way since its early days. Around 70% of homes have at least one device in the US alone. Some smart features such as voice commands and programmed routines make smart tech helpful for disabled children. Some features include:
- Sensory stimulation products for autistic, hearing and visually impaired kids.
- Voice control lighting and electronic items, so kids don’t need to get up.
- Intercom devices throughout the home so children can ask for assistance.
Your child can voice-control LEDs and other items. So, they don’t need to make hazardous or potentially painful journeys to switches. Additionally, you can use Echo Show and Dot devices as intercoms. Therefore, your children can request help if needed, or you can check in on them.
Add an In-Home Elevator
Any child would think their own elevator is the coolest thing ever. But there is more to an in-home elevator than looking great. For many, it’s a vital piece of equipment in a multi-level home. Supporting and assisting a disabled child up the stairs can be tiring and tedious for everyone involved. But a home elevator just makes it so much easier. Experts can install these directly into your child’s room. Making it much easier for them to get to their playtime or bedtime. These are very expensive, however. Yet you can get help with the costs in some countries.
Walk-In Showers and Baths
The most essential thing for anyone with a disability is maintaining dignity. While there’s nothing wrong with assistance, most people prefer as little as possible. Yet getting into and out of the bath or shower is one of the most complicated tasks and requires help. But a walk-in shower or bath eliminates the need for assistance where privacy is a high priority. Therefore, your child can maintain their dignity and develop their own routine for cleaning with some independence. Or you can fit accessibility features such as rails and chairs to existing wet rooms.
It can be challenging caring for others. Especially kids. But you can get home mods for children with disabilities. These include support rails, smart tech and walk-in showers and baths.