6 Safety & Mobility Modifications We Can Install

Man in a wheelchair in his home office
Mobility Equipment for a Functional & Efficient Home

There are approximately 61 million people living with a physical or mental disability, according to the CDC. Of that 61 million, 13.7% of Americans have mobility issues, meaning they have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. This is why accessibility in public spaces and at home is so vital.

The CDC has broken down the types of disabilities into various categories, including:

  • Mobility
  • Cognition
  • Independent living
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Self-care

At  Mr. Handyman of Memphis, we offer safety and mobility equipment installation to make aging in place and living independently easier for elderly and disabled individuals.

We Can Install These 6 Mobility Aids in Your Home

You didn’t think BUSINESS was only known for helping you with small to-dos around the house and office, did you? Surprise! We’re also well-versed in installing mobility equipment and aids that enhance the quality of life for many people living with a disability.

1. Moving Light Switches & Electrical Outlets

Most outlets in homes or offices are placed conventionally, meaning they’re installed pretty low on the wall, so they’re out of sight and out of the way. This placement makes it challenging for those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues to live and work comfortably. Still, you can’t just move an outlet or switch without following specific state and federal codes.

Our Memphis team recommends a rocker or touch-sensitive switch, which is ideal for homes where a disabled person resides. We can help you with light electrical work and install this efficient component safely and accurately.

2. Installing Guardrails & Handrails

Most people are familiar with handrails and guardrails in bathtubs and showers to prevent falls and severe injury. However, some may need to be made aware that handrails and guardrails can be installed on the exterior of homes, interior stairs, hallways, and entryways for safety. It’s important to install the correct height for handrails and guardrails for easy access and convenience, making movement easier.

Additionally, these mobility aids for walking and getting around the home have become very stylish. Many manufacturers are creating products that can match the style of your home to further enhance aesthetics and avoid falls.

3. Assembling Accessible Furniture

Big names in home décor have begun to see the benefit of catering to individuals who may need extra assistance navigating simple tasks at home. In 2022, brands like Pottery Barn launched a 150-piece furniture collection of accessible furniture for people with mobility challenges.

With this new collection, you can purchase the following:

  • Adaptable chairs
  • Adjustable desks
  • Non-slip rugs
  • Grab bars

And we can help you assemble and install them! Our furniture assembly services take all the heavy lifting off your hands because you shouldn’t have to spend hours putting together accessible furniture.

4. Widening Doorways

Standard doorways are usually much narrower than the width of a wheelchair, making it extremely difficult for someone with mobility issues. Widening a doorway is an easy solution to an ongoing problem in many homes. Before you hire one of our Memphis handymen to complete the job, you must determine if your doorframe is wide enough. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a door should be at least 32 inches wide to accommodate a wheelchair.

Our team will measure all interior and exterior doors and determine the extent of the project. We want you to be happy with the results, living in a space that suits your lifestyle.

5. Raising Toilet Seats

Raising a toilet seat might sound like a complicated task. In reality, it’s actually very simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. For those with mobility issues, it’s recommended that a raised toilet seat be installed to help maintain independence.

Before purchasing a raised toilet seat, consider the following:

  • Size
  • Portability
  • Installation ease
  • Lid type
  • Weight capacity

Once you choose the best seat for your needs, we can install it in no time. You don’t have to concern yourself with accurate installation or carving out time for assembly. Our Memphis technicians have you covered.

6. Enhancing Light Fixtures

Did you know there’s an entire line of ADA light fixtures? You and your family can get stunning and accessible lighting with the help of our professionals. We can install everything from wall scones to bathroom lighting to preserve the style of your home while making it more convenient for wheelchair-bound and mobility-challenged individuals. These specialized light fixtures even work in bathrooms with very little space.

Mr. Handyman of Memphis Can Help Make Your Home More Accessible

We’re proud to support individuals from all walks of life in Memphis. Whether recovering from major surgery or permanently wheelchair-bound, we can install mobility aids that help you live autonomously and comfortably.

Call to schedule service, or contact us online today!